Black-breasted Puffleg

Black-breasted Puffleg

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Black-breasted Puffleg by Linda Feltner
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
TROCHILIDAE
Order: 
CAPRIMULGIFORMES
Genus: 
Eriocnemis
Species: 
nigrivestis
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Bourcier & Mulsant, 1852)
Common names (Spa): 
Calzadito Pechinegro, Zamarrito Pechinegro
Medium: 
Gouache
Artist Statement: 
The Black-breasted Puffleg (Eriocnemis nigrivestis) is a critically endangered hummingbird, found in the mountains of Ecuador. We observed several in the Yanachocha Preserve in 2004. It is a dazzling jewel of iridescence with its bright white pantaloons. Painting this bird evoked memories of that personal encounter.