Eriocnemis godini


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Eriocnemis godini
Species Authority: (Bourcier, 1851)
Common Name(s):
English Turquoise-throated Puffleg
Spanish Calzadito Turquesa, Zamarrito Gorjiturquesa

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered D ver 3.1
Year Published: 2012
Date Assessed: 2012-05-01
Assessor(s): BirdLife International
Reviewer(s): Symes, A. & Butchart, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Benstead, P., Bird, J., Butchart, S., Sharpe, C J & Symes, A.
This species has not been recorded since the nineteenth century (only the type-specimen taken in 1850 has any locality information), the habitat at the type-locality has been almost completely destroyed, and searches specifically for this species in the area in 1980 failed. However, it cannot yet be presumed to be Extinct because there was an unconfirmed record in 1976, and further searches of remnant habitat are required. Any remaining population is likely to be tiny, and for these reasons it is treated as Critically Endangered (Possibly Extinct).

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: Eriocnemis godini is known from only six 19th century specimens, and may be extinct. Only the type-specimen has any locality information, having been taken at Guaillabamba, in ravines of the río Guaillabamba south of Perucho, Pichincha, in north Ecuador. Two "Bogotá" trade-skins are the only evidence of its occurrence in Colombia, but it has been suggested that these originated from Pasto in south Nariño. The only subsequent record is an unconfirmed sighting near Quito, in the Chillo valley, in 1976.

Possibly extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: Any remaining population is assumed to be tiny (numbering fewer than 50 individuals and mature individuals), with no confirmed records since the 19th century.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It was recorded at the type-locality between 2,100 and 2,300 m in a (presumably) arid ravine within a valley. It has been speculated that the "Bogotá" trade-skins may have inhabited temperate zones.

Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): What is surmised to be suitable habitat at the type-locality has been almost completely destroyed, although remnants can be found in steep-sided stream-cuts in the arid upper Guaillabamba drainage.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions Underway
CITES Appendix II. Searches specifically for this species at a large number of potential sites in the vicinity of the type-locality have been unsuccessful. Further searches are planned for 2010 (BirdLife International unpublished data).

Conservation Actions Proposed
Survey any remnant patches of habitat near the type-locality. Clarify its taxonomic status.

Citation: BirdLife International 2012. Eriocnemis godini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 28 August 2015.
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