Golden-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis mosquera)

The Golden-breasted Puffleg is so called due to two characteristics: Its breast glow in golden and coppery due to an iridescence effect, and its feet are covered in white feathers with a fluffy look. The rest of the body is metallic green, but with the correct light it can show off some variation in the color. A white postocular spot and long, slim bill finishes the look. We found this bird at Termales del Ruiz, which is about 3,200 meters above sea level. At this elevation, oxygen content has dropped a lot, so hummingbirds don’t stay airborne as much and are found perching quite frequently.

Golden-breasted Puffleg - Eriocnemis mosquera - Calzoncitos Áureo

We saw this species at Termales del Ruiz, above the 3,000 meters over sea level mark. Their body is plump and their legs are covered in white feathers.

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