Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)

Turquoise-throated Puffleg (Eriocnemis godini)


French: Érione turquoise German: Türkiskehl-Höschenkolibri Spanish: Calzadito turquesa

Trochilus Godini


, 1851,

Guayabamba, Ecuador


Closely related to E. cupreoventris. Described form E. soderstromi is regarded by some authors as a race or aberrant form of present species, or a hybrid of E. nigrivestis x E. luciani. Monotypic.


NW Ecuador (N Pichincha); perhaps also SW Colombia. Possibly extinct.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm. Male has straight, black bill; upperparts shining golden green turning to bluish-green on rump and uppertail-coverts; glittering green below with diffused... read more




The only specimen with locality data was collected in Guayllabamba in NW Ecuador at an elevation... read more

Food and feeding

Feeding habits unknown.


Clutch two white eggs; incubation by female. No further information available, but habits probably similar to those of congeners.


Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED (POSSIBLY EXTINCT). CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Chocó EBA. Little known and might even be extinct. Evidence of species amounts... read more

Recommended citation

Heynen, I., Sharpe, C.J. & Boesman, P. (2019). Turquoise-throated Puffleg (Eriocnemis godini). 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 21 May 2019).