Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Endangered

Colorful Puffleg (Eriocnemis mirabilis)


Taxonomy

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

Eriocnemis mirabilis

Meyer de Schauensee

, 1967,

Charguayaco, 2200 m, Cauca, Colombia

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Sedentary.

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/55594 on 17 December 2018).