Sooty-capped hermit

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Sooty-capped hermit
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Phaethornis
P. augusti
Binomial name
Phaethornis augusti
(Bourcier, 1847)

The sooty-capped hermit (Phaethornis augusti) is a hummingbird from Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana and Brazil. It builds one of the most remarkable nests which hangs by a single stout cable of spiders' silk from some overhead support. These curious nests have been found beneath bridges, in highway culverts, and hanging from the roof inside dark buildings. As far as is known, most other hermits build rather similar nests.

The binomial commemorates the French entomologist Auguste Sallé.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Phaethornis augusti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.