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Blue-capped Puffleg Eriocnemis glaucopoides
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Medium
Land mass type   Average mass 3.7 g


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 57,100 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals Unknown not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Stable -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 4.2 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but this species is described as 'uncommon' (Stotz et al. 1996).
Trend justification: The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Argentina Native Extant       Yes
Bolivia Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Argentina Abra Grande site factsheet
Argentina Acambuco site factsheet
Argentina Alto Calilegua site factsheet
Argentina Cerro Negro de San Antonio site factsheet
Argentina Cuesta de las Higuerillas site factsheet
Argentina Cuesta del Clavillo site factsheet
Argentina El Fuerte y Santa Clara site factsheet
Argentina Fincas Santiago y San Andrés site factsheet
Argentina Itiyuro-Tuyunti site factsheet
Argentina La Cornisa site factsheet
Argentina Lagunas San Miguel y El Sauce site factsheet
Argentina Palomitas y Ebro site factsheet
Argentina Parque Nacional Baritú site factsheet
Argentina Parque Nacional Calilegua site factsheet
Argentina Parque Nacional Campo de los Alisos site factsheet
Argentina Parque Nacional El Rey site factsheet
Argentina Parque Provincial La Florida site factsheet
Argentina Parque Provincial Laguna Pintascayoc site factsheet
Argentina Parque Provincial Los Ñuñorcos y Reserva Natural Quebrada del Portugués site factsheet
Argentina Reserva Natural Las Lancitas site factsheet
Argentina Reserva Provincial Santa Ana site factsheet
Argentina Río Los Sosa site factsheet
Argentina Río Santa María site factsheet
Argentina Río Seco site factsheet
Argentina San Francisco-Río Jordan site factsheet
Argentina Santa Victoria, Cañani y Cayotal site factsheet
Argentina Sierra de Medina site factsheet
Argentina Sierra de San Javier site factsheet
Argentina Sierra de Zapla site factsheet
Argentina Sierra Rosario de la Frontera site factsheet
Argentina Tiraxi y Las Capillas site factsheet
Argentina Trancas site factsheet
Argentina Yala site factsheet
Argentina Yuto y Vinalito site factsheet
Bolivia Bosque de Polylepis de Mina Elba site factsheet
Bolivia Bosque de Polylepis de Sanja Pampa site factsheet
Bolivia Bosque de Polylepis de Taquesi site factsheet
Bolivia Bosques de Polylepis de Cotapata site factsheet
Bolivia Cuenca Cotacajes site factsheet
Bolivia Reserva Nacional de Flora y Fauna Tariquía site factsheet
Bolivia Serranía de Aguarague site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Moist Montane suitable resident
Shrubland Subtropical/Tropical High Altitude major resident
Altitude 1500 - 2900 m Occasional altitudinal limits  


Purpose Primary form used Life stage used Source Scale Level Timing
Pets Whole Adults and juveniles Wild International Trivial Recent

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Eriocnemis glaucopoides. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 21/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Trochilidae (Hummingbirds)
Species name author (d'Orbigny & Lafresnaye, 1838)
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Stable
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 57,100 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species