Glowing Puffleg

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Eriocnemis vestita

Glowing Puffleg

The Glowing Puffleg is a species of hummingbird in the family Trochilidae.

It is a medium-sized hummingbird, about 3.5 – 4.1 inches long.

Males are mostly green with an iridescent purple gorget and undertail coverts.

Females are 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 males) and snowy white leg tufts. Bill is black and straight.

Diet consists mostly of nectar. They are very defensive of "their" flowers.

Subtropical or tropical moist montane forest and heavily degraded former forest.

Andes of Colombia, Ecuador, northern Peru and western Venezuela.


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