|Reddish Hermit (Phaethornis ruber)|
The Reddish Hermit is one of the smallest hummingbirds at about 8 cm (3") and weighing about 2 grams.
It is found from Venezuela to south east Brazil and through the Amazonian Basin to foot the Andes.
|It inhabits a variety of habitats ranging from rainforest to cerrado and wooded savannah.
The rump and underparts are cinnamon rufous and the male has a black spot, sometimes extending to a band across its chest. The bill is long and decurved with the base of the mandible yellow.
|They seem to be quite common and are found mostly singly and often near Heliconia flowers. It feeds on nectar using the trap-line method but also catches small insects.|