Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Emerald-bellied Puffleg (Eriocnemis aline)


French: Érione d’Aline German: Weißbrust-Höschenkolibri Spanish: Calzadito pechiblanco

Ornismyia [sic] aline


, 1843,

Tunja, Boyacá, Colombia


Closely related to E. mirabilis, from which it is separated by the arid valley of R Patia. Specific name commonly misspelt alinae; both names published by same author just weeks apart; present name has priority#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. a. aline#R (Bourcier, 1843) – SC & E Andes of Colombia (S from Boyacá) to E Andes of Ecuador.
  • E. a. dybowskii Taczanowski, 1882 – E slope of Andes of N & C Peru (S to Pasco).
  • Descriptive notes

    8–9 cm; 4·0–4·5 g. Bill black, straight; very large downy white leg puffs. Male upperparts dark shining green with a narrow, glittering bluish-green... read more


    Poorly known. Call when hovering a single, slightly buzzy, metallic note, “tzit”, repeated at... read more


    Wet montane forests of tropical and subtropical zones; prefers humid vegetation like cloudforests,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly takes nectar from flowers at 1–3 m above ground inside dense vegetation. Small insects are an additional food source.


    Nest undescribed; no information on breeding season.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Distribution rather local; one reason for this might be habitat loss, since the species seems to depend on humid forests which have already... read more

    Recommended citation

    Heynen, I. & Boesman, P. (2020). Emerald-bellied Puffleg (Eriocnemis aline). 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 30 March 2020).