SCIENTIFIC NAME: Eriocnemis isabellae
The Gorgeted Puffleg is a hummingbird species that was discovered in 2005, and confirmed as a new species to science in 2007.
It faces the risk of extinction, and therefore a status of Critically Endangered has been recommended.
It measures between 3.5 to 4 inches in length.
Males look quite dark, but has a glittering blue throat bordered on both sides by iridescent green as well as white leg puffs and a blue vent.
Females are mostly green with a buffy tinge to the underparts, faint whisker marks, and smaller leg puffs. They are similar to female Glowing Puffleg, but typically have a fainter throat patch and less buff on the neck.
Feed at flowering shrubs.
Cloud forest, around 2,600-2,900 m. The habitat is threatened by clearing forest for agriculture, especially coca farming.
Serranía del Pinche (Department of Cauca), in the West Andes.