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Koepcke's Hermit Phaethornis koepckeae

Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published November 20, 2015


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There is very little information on the behavior of Koepcke's Hermit. This species presumably feeds in typical hermit fashion by "trap-lining", following a regular route through the forest to visit scattered flowers or clusters of flowers.


There are no data on territorial defense, maintenance, or fidelity, or for territory or home range size, for Koepcke's Hermit.

Sexual Behavior

Little information. Koepcke's Hermit presumably is polygynous, as are most if not all species of hummingbirds (Schuchmann 1999: 509).

Social and interspecific behavior

Koepcke's Hermit generally is solitary, as is typical of hummingbirds.


No documented reports of predation on Koepcke's Hermit?

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2015). Koepcke's Hermit (Phaethornis koepckeae), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.koeher1.01