Hoary Puffleg

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Haplophaedia lugens

Hoary Puffleg

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

It is a medium-sized hummingbird, about 3.5 – 4 inches long.

It is a dull hummingbird, mostly green, but underparts are grayer with white scaling.

It has a coppery tinge to crown and rump. White leg puffs are usually conspicuous on male, but they are much smaller on females and immature birds and can be concealed behind their belly feathers.

Generally seen feeding in low bushes. Their main diet consists of nectar and insects.

Lower Andean wet forests and forest edges, clearings and scrub in low dense vegetation. Often seen near small streams. Observed at 2055 m.

Restricted to mid-elevation Andean cloud forest in northwestern Ecuador and western Colombia.

The nest is constructed from plant material and moss, held together with spiders’ web. It is attached to the underside of leaves up to 2 m from the ground.

The clutch contains 2 white eggs, which are incubated by the female for 15 - 17 days. Chicks fledge after 20 - 24 days.


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