Eriocnemis godini Bourcier, 1851

Turquoise-throated puffleg



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1800's (1850 or later)

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct)


There was an unconfirmed report of this species in 1976 (BirdLife International, 2012).



Ecuador (north)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Bourcier, J. (1851). Notes sur onze espèces nouvelles de Trochilideés. Compt. Rend. Acad. Sci. Paris 32: 186-188.

Other references:

Anonymous. (1964). List of rare birds, including those thought to be so but of which detailed information is still lacking. IUCN Bulletin 10(Special Supplement): 4 pp.

BirdLife International. (2000). Threatened Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, Barcelona and Cambridge.

BirdLife International. (2012). Eriocnemis godini. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. ( Downloaded on 24 August 2013.

BirdLife International. 2020. Eriocnemis godini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T22687922A182244989. Accessed on 06 July 2022.

Butchart, Stuart H. M., Stattersfield, A. J. and Brooks, T. M. (2006). Going or gone: defining ‘Possibly Extinct’ species to give a truer picture of recent extinctions. Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club 126A: 7-24.

Collar, N. J., Gonzaga, L. P., Krabbe, N., Madroño Nieto, A., Naranjo, L. G., Parker, T. A. & Wege, D. C. (1992) Threatened birds of the Americas: the ICBP/IUCN Red Data Book. Cambridge, UK: International Council for Bird Preservation.

Heynen, I., Boesman, P. and Sharpe, C.J. 2015. Turquoise-throated Puffleg (Eriocnemis godini). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. and de Juana, E. (eds), Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive, Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.

Knox, Alan G. and Walters, Michael P. (1994). Extinct and endangered birds in the collections of The Natural History Museum. British Ornithologists' Club Occasional Publications 1: 1-292. [p. 176]

Lopes, Ricardo Jorge et al. (2021). The Hummingbird Collection of the Natural History and Science Museum of the University of Porto (MHNC-UP), Portugal. Biodiversity Data Journal 9: e59913.

Mittermeier, John C. et al. (2022). Fantastic lost birds and how you can help find them: an updated gap analysis for the Neotropical avifauna. Neotropical Birding 31: 25-32.

Schuchmann, Karl-L., Weller, André-A. and Heynen, Iris. (2001). Systematics and biogeography of the Andean genus Eriocnemis (Aves: Trochilidae). J. Ornithol. 142: 433-481.

Scott, Peter (ed.). (1965). Preliminary List of Rare Mammals and Birds, pp. 155-237. In: The Launching of a New Ark. First Report of the President and Trustees of the World Wildlife Fund. An International Foundation for saving the world's wildlife and wild places 1961-1964. London: Collins.

Tobias, Joseph A., Butchart, Stuart H. M. and Collar, Nigel J. (2006). Lost and found: a gap analysis for the Neotropical avifauna. Neotropical Birding [2006]: 4-22.

Tyrberg, Tommy. (2009). Holocene avian extinctions, pp. 63-106. In: Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). Holocene Extinctions. Oxford, UK & New York, USA: Oxford University Press. xii + 352 pp.


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