Glowing Puffleg (Eriocnemis vestita)

Order: Apodiformes Family: Trochilidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Eastern Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. Eastern Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Female | Loc. Eastern Colombia

Age: Adult | Sex: Male | Loc. NE Peru | E Ecuador

Identification & Behavior: ~10.5 cm (4.1 in). The male Glowing Puffleg is mostly green with an iridescent purple gorget and undertail coverts. The females is green above with rufous-green throat that grades to coppery green on the rest of the underparts.  Both sexes have a dark blue forked tail (deeper in the male) and snowy white leg tufts.  The bill is black and straight. It is similar to the Sapphire-vented Puffleg but is distinguished by smaller size, and by having a purple gorget. The male and female Sapphire-vented Puffleg have all green underparts.

Status: The Glowing Puffleg is uncommon in montane forests of the east slope of the northern Andes, north and west of the Marañon Valley at elevations ranging between 2450-3200 m. It also occurs in Co and Ec.

Name in Spanish: Calzadito Reluciente.

Sub-species: Glowing Puffleg (Eriocnemis vestita arcosae), Schuchmann, Weller, and Heynen, 2001.

Meaning of Name: Eriocnemis: Gr. Erion=  wool and knēmis=  boot, legging. vestita: L. vestitus= clothed, adorned.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 08/01/2015.