1 Oct 2010

A symbol for Quito - hummingbird of the high Andes

By BirdLife Americas

Fact sheets on threatened and migratory birds

As part of educational materials for schools in South America, a series of posters has been produced to celebrate the World Bird Festival in October. The seven poster-size fact sheets highlight conservation achievements as well as the plight of seven threatened or migratory species in the Americas. The first, available here, looks at the Black-breasted Puffleg (Ericonemis nigrivestis), a Critically Endangered hummingbird only found at three locations in the High Andes in Ecuador, of which, two are on the slopes of the Pichincha and Atacazo volcanoes.

The fact file on the Black-breasted Puffleg is part of a series of educational materials produced for the World Bird Festival in the Americas. Materials are available in Spanish and English

Aves & Conservación, the BirdLife partner in Ecuador and also the Species Guardian for the Black-breasted Puffleg, has been working to conserve this species throughout its tiny range, through a series of projects within BirdLife’s Preventing Extinctions Progamme. Read more about the Preventing Extinctions Programme here. For further information about the program in the Americas, please send an email to See more of Aves & Conservación’s work on this species here. Look out for the rest of the Festival Materials, available soon!