Sapphire-vented Puffleg Eriocnemis luciani

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 5 subspecies
  • Authors: Thomas S. Schulenberg and Carolyn W. Sedgwick



Little is known about the behavior of Sapphire-vented Puffleg. This hummingbird usually forages in the understory (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990). Sapphire-vented Puffleg also often gleans nectar while perched (clinging to flowers), as well as in hovering flight (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990, Ridgely and Greenfield 2001b).

Sexual Behavior


Social and interspecific behavior

Sapphire-vented Puffleg usually is solitary, as is typical of hummingbirds.

Recommended Citation

Schulenberg, T. S. and C. W. Sedgwick (2013). Sapphire-vented Puffleg (Eriocnemis luciani), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.