Black-breasted Puffleg

South America


Eriocnemis nigrivestis


Its natural forest habitat has been relentlessly invaded and destroyed for timber and charcoal production as well as crop raising and cattle ranching.

The Black-Breasted Puffleg, a hummingbird species that exhibits sexual dimorphic qualities, can only be found within dense vegetation of the mountain ridges in Ecuador.

Both adult males and females have a purple gorget, black bill, forked tail, and white pufflegs. Males have a darker overall appearance; hence the name black-breasted. Females have gold, green, blue, and bronze all over its body.