Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

White-bearded Hermit (Phaethornis hispidus)


French: Ermite d’Osery German: Weißbart-Schattenkolibri Spanish: Ermitaño barbiblanco

Trochilus hispidus


, 1846,



Wide distribution and limited knowledge of this species’ considerable individual variation resulted in description of two synonyms from E Ecuador, oseryi and villosus. Monotypic.


Lowlands E of Andes in W & S Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, NE Bolivia and W Amazonian Brazil.

Descriptive notes

c. 13–14 cm; 4–6 g. A medium-sized hermit hummingbird with bronze upperparts and grey underparts, grey margins to uppertail-coverts, and distinct gular and malar... read more


Song a continuous series of high-pitched single notes “seep”, repeated at c. 1·5 notes/second.... read more


Within the humid lowland forest region occurs mainly in regularly inundated habitats: by rivers, in... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar and small arthropods. Feeds by trap-lining.


Season only locally known; breeding record Jun in Colombia; indications of active gonads Jun, Aug, Dec–Apr in Colombia; Dec in... read more


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Wide distribution and adaptability probably mean that species is not threatened. Occurs in several protected areas throughout range, e.g.... read more

Recommended citation

Hinkelmann, C., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). White-bearded Hermit (Phaethornis hispidus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2020).