Saw-Billed Hermit

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Ramphodon naevius

Saw-Billed Hermit

The Saw-billed Hermit is a large, strikingly-patterned hummingbird from southeastern Brazil. It is the only member of the genus Ramphodon.

It is currently considered near-threatened, since it has a restricted range in threatened Atlantic forests.

It is around 5.51 – 6.31 inches long and is one of the heaviest of the hermits.

Its straight, bicolored bill has a hooked tip. It has a pale eyebrow, and an orange throat bleeding into a pin-striped breast. Tail is dark with orange sides.

The female is slightly smaller with a shorter and more curved bill.

The name "saw-billed" comes from tiny serrations on the bill.

They are "trap-line feeders" (visiting plants for nectar along a fairly long route). Also visits feeders along forest edges.

It lives in humid forests, where it aggressively defends feeding routes ("trap-lines") from individuals of its own species as well as other hummingbirds.

Found in the lowlands of south-eastern Brazil (southern Minas Gerais Santa Catarina).

Nest is a loosely built cone-shaped cup made from plant material.


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