White-whiskered Hermit 

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Phaethornis yaruqui

White-whiskered Hermit

The White-whiskered Hermit is a species of bird in the Trochilidae family. It is a large, dark hermit with an extremely long curved bill.

It is about 5.11 inches in length and weighs around 4 - 7 grams.

It is dark greenish overall with a buffy eyebrow and a white mustache. Tail is graduated with the two central feathers being the longest; sometimes these two looks forked.

Tail is blue with white on both forks in the female.

Bill is long and decurved, with mostly red lower mandible.

Feeds along traplines often at Heliconia stands.

Common and numerous in lowland humid forest. Will visit feeders.

Mostly below 1300m (4270ft) elevation on west slope of Andes in Colombia and Ecuador.


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