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Emerald-bellied Puffleg Eriocnemis aline

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
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The smallest of the pufflegs, the Emerald-bellied Puffleg is dark green above with bluish-emerald underparts and an emerald rump. Its clean, white leg puffs are perhaps disproportionately enormous, and it also has a white chest patch dotted with green. Emerald-bellied Pufflegs live in cloud forests, especially around glades and oak-filled areas. They spend most of their time in the understory of the forest interior where they gather nectar from low flowers in areas of dense vegetation.

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  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Emerald-bellied Puffleg (Eriocnemis aline), 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/embpuf1