Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Coppery-naped Puffleg (Eriocnemis sapphiropygia)


French: Érione de Catherine German: Kupfernacken-Höschenkolibri Spanish: Calzadito colilargo sureño

Eriocnemis sappphiropygia

[sic] Taczanowski

, 1874,

Maraynioc, Peru


Often considered conspecific with E. luciani, and intermediate specimens exist, but morphological differences support treatment as separate species; race catharina has alternatively been associated with E. luciani. Racial distributions in NC Peru not well known, and the two races apparently intergrade in E La Libertad. Possible race marcapatae (SE Peru) barely differs from nominate. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. s. catharina Salvin, 1897 – E slope of Andes of N Peru (Utcubamba Valley in Amazonas and E La Libertad).
  • E. s. sapphiropygia Taczanowski, 1874 – E Andes of C & S Peru (La Libertad S to Puno).
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12 cm; 5·5–6·0 g. Bill straight, blackish. Male glittering metallic grass-green above, with a golden-coppery tinge on back of head and neck;... read more


    No information.


    Mainly inhabits edges and glades of wet montane forest in subtropical zone, but also on bushy... read more

    Food and feeding

    Pugnacious and territorial at clusters of flowers. Nectar is taken from a wide variety of food plants, low at vegetation borders. Often... read more


    Clutch two white eggs; incubation by female. No further information available.


    No information, but some seasonal altitudinal movements likely.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Reported to be locally common. Biology and ecology not well known, and taxonomy uncertain; research required.

    Recommended citation

    Heynen, I. & Boesman, P. (2020). Coppery-naped Puffleg (Eriocnemis sapphiropygia). 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 17 January 2020).