Order
Caprimulgiformes
Family
Trochilidae
Genus
Eriocnemis
 
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Golden-breasted Puffleg Eriocnemis mosquera

Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published April 5, 2013

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Introduction

Pufflegs are characteristic hummingbirds of high elevation, humid montane forest and forest edge in the Andes. Golden-breasted Puffleg is a relatively large species of Eriocnemis, and like other members of the genus has a large tuft of fluffy feathers on the lower tarsus. This species is well-named, as the glittering coppery color of the breast and sides of the neck contrasts with the glittering green of the rest of the body plumage. In this species, the sexes are very similar, if not the same, in plumage. Golden-breasted Puffleg usually forages solitarily at flowering shrubs, and is aggressive in defending its food sources.

Distribution of the Golden-breasted Puffleg - Range Map
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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Golden-breasted Puffleg

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. (2013). Golden-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis mosquera), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.gobpuf1.01