SCIENTIFIC NAME: Phaethornis griseogularis
The Gray-Chinned Hermit species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae.
It has two distinctive and geographically separated subspecies.
It is a small hermit, about 4 inches in length.
It is mainly dull brownish green above with rusty tinged uppertail coverts. It has a well-defined black mask through the eye, bordered only above with whitish-buff stripe.
Throat is whitish. Underparts are tawny. Bill is long and slightly decurved, with a mostly yellow lower mandible. Central feathers of the tapered tail are long and white-tipped.
It is similar to the Black-Throated Hermit but is distinguished by having whitish throat and overall warmer coloration. It ranges above the range of Reddish Hermit.
This is not a quiet species, where it will often sing and have audible wing noises.
They tend to sing the most in early mornings and afternoons - with males singing a 'warbling' tune described as a "tzz, weeh-weeh-tzee-dee" with their bills upright and open and wagging their tails.
Often forming leks, these males will distribute themselves in a way to make sure they can hear the other males, but not see them. They defend these territories that they keep.
They feed via traplining and have a diet consisting of arthropods and nectar.
Subtropical or tropical dry forest, subtropical or tropical moist montane forest, and heavily degraded former forest.
Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, and - marginally - far northern Brazil.