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Black-breasted Puffleg

South America

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Eriocnemis nigrivestis

Endangered

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.