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Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Dusky-throated Hermit (Phaethornis squalidus) - HBW 5, p. 545

French: Ermite terne German: Dunkelkehl-Schattenkolibri Spanish: Ermitaño Escuálido
Other common names: Sooty-throated Hermit

Taxonomy: Trochilus squalidus Temminck, 1822, Ipanema, São Paulo, Brazil.
One of the small hermits sometimes separated in genus Pygmornis; present species has the most primitive characters of any member of this group, linking these species with the larger members of genus Phaethornis. Often considered to include P. rupurumii, but morphological characters indicate that that species is more closely related to P. longuemareus and P. idaliae. Proposed race “maranhaoensis”, sometimes considered a full species, has proved to be the hitherto undescribed adult male plumage of P. nattereri. Monotypic.

Distribution: SE Brazil (S Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo to Santa Catarina).