Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)


Colorful Puffleg (Eriocnemis mirabilis)


French: Érione multicolore German: Blaubauch-Höschenkolibri Spanish: Calzadito admirable

Eriocnemis mirabilis

Meyer de Schauensee

, 1967,

Charguayaco, 2200 m, Cauca, Colombia


Closely related to E. aline, from which it is separated by the arid valley of R Patia. Monotypic.


W slope of W Andes of Colombia (Cauca), mainly in Munchique National Park and Serranía del Pinche.

Descriptive notes

8–9 cm. Bill straight, blackish; feet pink; the very large leg puffs are white with cinnamon tips in both sexes. Male dark shining green above with a glittering emerald... read more


Poorly known. Presumed song a repeated single metallic short note “tsit”, at a rate of c. 1·5–2... read more


Wet forest and forest borders in subtropical zones at elevations of 2200–2440 m. Undisturbed... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds at heights of 2–4 m above ground. Foodplants include Tillandsia delicatula, Clusia coremandra, Clusia... read more


Since this species was discovered only recently, breeding remains unknown.



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Until recently, only known from the area around the type locality, Cerro Charguayaco, NE of Cerro... read more

Recommended citation

Heynen, I., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Colorful Puffleg (Eriocnemis mirabilis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 29 January 2020).