Buff-thighed Puffleg Haplophaedia assimilis

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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  • © Nick Athanas

Confined to Peru and northwest Bolivia, the Buff-thighed Puffleg is a distinctive bird, if seen well. Both sexes are largely green with a slightly forked blue-black tail, with the most distinctive feature being the creamy-buff to whitish leg ‘puffs’. These are rufous in the southern Peruvian and Bolivian subspecies. The Buff-thighed Puffleg inhabits humid pre-montane forests and their borders, at altitudes between 1500 and 3000 m, and usually confines its activities to a relatively small area of flowering plants, which constitutes its territory. It is sometimes considered to form a superspecies with the Greenish Puffleg (Haplophaedia aureliae) of the northern Andes.

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© Michael Harvey

  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Buff-thighed Puffleg (Haplophaedia assimilis), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/butpuf1