The local subspecies is the nominate Phaethornis ruber ruber
distributed in much of Brazil, in Suriname and in French Guyana
, p. 47).
The song of the Reddish Hermit. The figure shows an extract
of recording h1695, with a typical sequence of notes (from 14s to 19s).
The singing bird was perched on
a branch about 1 m above the ground, and vocalized during several
minutes, loudly repeating sequences of notes similar to the one shown above.
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I encountered the Reddish Hermit Phaethornis ruber
in the hills around
Itapajé, at an elevation of around 500 meters, in very degraded secondary
vegetation close to human habitations. In past times, the vegetation of the hills
must have been humid forest, as evidenced by the many banana plantations, which now cover the hills, and
which are managed without irrigation. I did not yet encounter Phaethornis ruber
in typical semi-arid Caatinga, for example in the lowlands of Mãe-da-lua reserve.
This agrees with the habitat description of Hinkelmann 1999