Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Near Threatened

Hoary Puffleg (Haplophaedia lugens)


French: Érione givrée German: Schuppenbauch-Höschenkolibri Spanish: Calzadito canoso

Eriopus lugens


, 1852,

Quito, Ecuador




Pacific slope from SW Colombia (Nariño) to NW Ecuador (S to Pichincha).

Descriptive notes

9–10 cm; 5–8·8 g. Bill black and straight. Male bronze-green above, becoming somewhat coppery on crown and especially on rump; underparts dark grey, the... read more


Only known vocalization is a single strident “tzik” or doubled “tsi-tsik”, repeated at irregular... read more


Very wet pre-montane forest (cloud­forest), forest borders in foothills and lower highlands,... read more

Food and feeding

Territorial; usually seen singly in dense understorey where feeds on nectar at small groups of flowers near ground and on bushes; rarely in... read more


Breeding recorded in Aug. Nest is built mainly of moss and other plant material held together with spider webs forming a more or less ball-... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Confined to a rather small range in SW... read more

Recommended citation

Heynen, I. & Boesman, P. (2019). Hoary Puffleg (Haplophaedia lugens). 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 10 December 2019).