Eriocnemis isabellae

The Gorgeted Puffleg measures between 90 and 100 millimeters in length. The name of the species is in relation to the gorget on the throat of the male, a patch of iridescent green and brilliant blue feathers, and from the puffs of white feathers at the thighs.

The Eriocnemis isabellae is classified as Critically Endangered (CR), facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Range & population Eriocnemis isabellae has been recently described from Cauca Department, south-west Colombia, where it occurs in a tiny area of the Serran More

"pufflegs", was named Eriocnemis isabellae and is confined to an isolated mountain range in the western Andes. continue More

Eriocnemis isabellae, also called “Gorgeted Puffleg” is the most recently discovered hummingbird. E. bellae lives in the Serania del Pinche mountains of southwest Columbia, in South America. It was discovered in 2005 by ornathologists Alexander Cortes-Diago and Luis Alfonso Ortega. E. bellae is the only known Puffleg hummingbird with a large, iridescent throat patch, also called a gorget. Only males display the iridescent gorget. More

The species — known by its scientific name Eriocnemis isabellae — was confirmed by two of the world's leading specialists on the puffleg, Karl L. Schuchmann, curator of ornithology at Zoological Research Museum A. Koenig in Germany, and F. Gary Stiles of the Natural Sciences Institute at the National University of Colombia. "The description of the species has been published in Ornitologica Neotropical, a well respected peer-reviewed journal," said Greg Butcher, director of bird conservation for the Washington-based National Audubon Society. More

Gorgeted Puffleg - Eriocnemis isabellaeThe species has an enlarged, bicoloured iridescent throat patch hhh'The discovery of a new hummingbird was completely unexpected' Here is an exotic bird with an exotic name - Gorgeted Puffleg - Eriocnemis isabellae, a new species of hummingbird discovered almost by accident in Colombia. Two ornithologists Alexander Cort More

Order : Apodiformes
Family : Trochilidae
Genus : Eriocnemis
Species : isabellae
Authority : Cortes-Diago et al., 2007