Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Golden-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis mosquera)


French: Érione à poitrine d’or German: Goldbrust-Höschenkolibri Spanish: Calzadito de Mosquera

Trochilus Mosquera

DeLattre and Bourcier

, 1846,

Pasto, Colombia


Birds from N part of C Cordillera of Colombia, slightly greener in overall coloration and with longer bill, were formerly awarded race bogotensis; as variation clinal, however, subspecific rank not appropriate. Monotypic.


SW & C Andes of Colombia (S from Caldas) to NW Ecuador (mainly Pichincha and Napo). Contrary to previous reports, does not occur in E Andes of Colombia.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm; 5·2–5·8 g. Male has straight, black bill; shining green above, more bronze-green on neck and rump; underparts glittering golden-green,... read more


Poorly known. Calls include a lispy “tsrit” when hovering, and a plaintive downslurred squeaky... read more


Mainly inhabits elfin forest and stunted montane woodland, but can also be found at forest borders... read more

Food and feeding

Males are territorial and aggressive as are all members of the genus. Typically feeds at low flowers on the outside of dense bushes in... read more


Breeding activity recorded in Nov (Colombia). The cup-shaped nest is built of moss and small sticks held together by spider webs and lined... read more


Some seasonal altitudinal movements down to upper tropical zone at c. 1000–1500 m.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Throughout its range the species is protected in several reserves along the C Andes of Colombia and NW Ecuador; common in Puracé... read more

Recommended citation

Heynen, I. & Boesman, P. (2019). Golden-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis mosquera). 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 7 December 2019).