Emerald-Bellied Puffleg

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Eriocnemis aline


The Emerald-Bellied Puffleg is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae.

It is a small hummingbird, 3.5 inches long.

It is overall green. It has a white breast and emerald green iridescent belly and undertail coverts.

Female is similar to the male but slightly duller.

Both sexes have prominent white leg tufts.

It may resemble a Sapphire-vented Puffleg, but is distinguished by the irregular white patch on the breast, iridescent green belly and undertail coverts, and green tail.

Found in cloud forest along the east slope of the Andes. Uncommon inside humid forest at middle elevations, occasionally coming into clearings where there are abundant flowers or feeders.

Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.


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