Reddish Hermit

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Common Name: Reddish Hermit

Scientific Name: Phaethornis ruber

Size: 3 inches (7.5 cm)

Habitat: South America; northern and central South America, in the entire Amazon Basin to the foothill drainages of the eastern Andes slope. The Caribbean and Atlantic coasts of the entire Guianas are included in the northeast; in the southeast, the southeastern limit is the eastern banks of the Tocantins River in the Araguaia-Tocantins River system, usually included as part of the Amazon Basin. Found in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical swamps, and heavily degraded former forest; restricted to the edge and undergrowth of forest, woodland and second growth.

Status: Not threatened.

Diet: Nectar from flower and some insects.

Nesting: Hermits usually form leks and congregate on traditional display grounds, where females visit to choose a mate. However, male hermits are less aggressively

territorial than other male hummingbirds.

Cool Facts: It is the smallest of the hermits. Hermits do not show the strong sexual dimorphism usually associated with hummingbirds.

Found in Songbird ReMix Amazon and in Songbird ReMix Hummingbirds of South America

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