Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Near Threatened

Coppery-bellied Puffleg (Eriocnemis cupreoventris)


French: Érione à ventre cuivré German: Kupferbauch-Höschenkolibri Spanish: Calzadito cobrizo

Trochilus cupreo-ventris


, 1840,

Bogotá, Colombia


Closely related to E. godini. Monotypic.


NW Venezuela (Andes of Mérida) and E Andes of Colombia (S to Cundinamarca).

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 4·4–5·6 g. Bill straight, black. Male shining green above, becoming bluish green on uppertail-coverts; underparts glittering green,... read more


Only known vocalization is a single metallic note “tseek”, repeated at irregular intervals, and... read more


Prefers open vegetation such as montane forest borders, low shrubby slopes and open pá... read more

Food and feeding

Pugnacious and territorial around small flowering trees and shrubs. Food plants with short corollas, such as Palicourea, ... read more


Sept–Jan. The large nest is often situated in dense vegetation. Clutch two white eggs; incubation by female. First breeding in second... read more


Sedentary with altitudinal dispersal.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatend. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Cordillera de Mérida EBA and Colombian East Andes EBA.... read more

Recommended citation

Heynen, I. & Boesman, P. (2019). Coppery-bellied Puffleg (Eriocnemis cupreoventris). 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 14 December 2019).