A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming-birds
Vol.1 - Plate No. 16
Length: 14 cm
The Scale-throated Hermit is found in forests from southern Brazil to northern Argentina. They build long, cup-shaped nests and lay two eggs. The eggs are incubated by the female and hatch in about 17 days. It takes about 23 days for the nestlings to leave the nests. The female sitting in the nest in this illustration should have a long central tail, but perhaps only specimens without the tail were available to Gould. The Japanese name, "yumi-hachidori" (bow hummingbird) comes from the bow-like curve of their beaks.