Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Critically Endangered

Gorgeted Puffleg (Eriocnemis isabellae)


Taxonomy

French: Érione d’Isabella German: Schmuckkehl-Höschenkolibri Spanish: Calzadito del Pinche
Taxonomy:

Eriocnemis isabellae

Cortés-Diago et al.

, 2007,

Serranía del Pinche, Cauca, Colombia

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Closely related to E. vestita and particularly E. nigrivestis, differing from latter in its broad iridescent green vs narrow dull dark green sides (moustachials) of violet-blue gorget (3), greener rump (1), paler, more bluish undertail-coverts (1); smaller size (effect size for bill −7.44; score 3)#R. Monotypic.

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Distribution:

Serranía del Pinche (Cauca), in W Andes of SW Colombia.

Descriptive notes

8–9 cm; c. 4·5 g. Rather small puffleg with straight bill and moderately forked tail. Male has forehead to back blackish with golden olive-green iridescence,... read more

Voice

Territorial call a frequently repeated monosyllabic, sharp “twek”, lower-pitched than... read more

Habitat

Associated with stunted elfin forest, primarily of Andean oak (Quercus humboldtii) and... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds in dense vegetation, from various flowering shrubs; main foodplants Bejaria resinosa, Cavendishia cf. bracteata... read more

Breeding

No information.

Movements

No information available; may make limited seasonal elevational movements to follow shifts in... read more

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Has a tiny known range at a single location, with available habitat probably less than 10 km... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Gorgeted Puffleg (Eriocnemis isabellae). 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/204340 on 16 October 2018).