Cinnamon-throated hermit

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Cinnamon-throated hermit
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Phaethornis
Species: P. nattereri
Binomial name
Phaethornis nattereri
Berlepsch, 1887

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The cinnamon-throated hermit (Phaethornis nattereri) is a species in the hummingbird family, Trochilidae. It is found in a broad dry to semi-humid belt along the southern edge of the Amazon Rainforest from far north-eastern Bolivia north-east to Maranhão in Brazil. Its natural habitat is tropical dry to semi-humid forest, Cerrado and woodland. With its wide range, it is considered a Species of Least Concern by the IUCN.[1]

There is quite some confusion about the taxonomic status of birds called Maranhao hermit. It is sometimes treated as a subspecies of the cinnamon-throated hermit, but at present most follow the analysis by Hinkelmann[2] where it merely is considered the male plumage of P. nattereri. But as it seems, the Maranhao hermit only occurs in the northern part of the range of P. nattereri, and as the two have different voices they seem to warrant recognition as distinct species P. maranhaoensis.[3] It is pending of confirmation by molecular work.[3]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Phaethornis nattereri". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ See Hinkelmann (1999)
  3. ^ a b Mallet-Rodrigues (2006)


  • Hinkelmann, Christoph (1999): 29. Cinnamon-throated Hermit. In: del Hoyo, Josep; Elliott, Andrew & Sargatal, Jordi (eds.): Handbook of Birds of the World (Vol. 5: Barn-owls to Hummingbirds): 546, plate 46. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 84-87334-25-3
  • Mallet-Rodrigues, Francisco (2006): Táxons de aves de validade questionável com ocorrência no Brasil. III – Trochilidae (I) [Questionable bird taxa with occurrence in Brazil. III – Trochilidae (I)]. Revista Brasileira de Ornitologia 14(4): 475-479 [Portuguese with English abstract]. PDF fulltext

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