Sapphire-vented Puffleg Eriocnemis luciani

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


Conservation Status

Sapphire-vented Puffleg has a large geographic range and a large population and the population trend appears to be stable. Consequently the IUCN Red List conservation status of this species is Least Concern (BirdLife International 2013). Sapphire-vented Puffleg is included in Appendix II of CITES, as is the case with all hummingbirds, regardless of rarity (except for Hook-billed Hermit Glaucis dohrnii, which is on Appendix I of CITES).

The relative abundance of Sapphire-vented Puffleg is assessed as uncommon to locally common (Ecuador; Ridgely and Greenfield 2001a), fairly common (Peru; Schulenberg et al. 2010), and locally very common (Fjeldså and Krabbe 1990).

Effects of human activity on populations

Human activity has little short-term direct effect on Sapphire-vented Puffleg, other than the local effects of habitat destruction; no threats are identified by BirdLife International (2013).

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.