Gorgeted Puffleg / Eriocnemis isabellae

Gorgeted Puffleg / Eriocnemis isabellae

Gorgeted Puffleg

SCI Name:  Eriocnemis isabellae
Protonym:   Orn.Neotrop 18 no.2 p.161,162
Taxonomy:  Caprimulgiformes / Trochilidae /
Taxonomy Code:  gorpuf1
Type Locality:  
Publish Year:  2007
IUCN Status:  


(Trochilidae; Ϯ Coppery-bellied Puffleg E. cupreoventris) Gr. εριον erion  wool; κνημις knēmis, κνημιδος knēmidos  boot, legging. Reichenbach's 1849, plate XL, labelled Trochilinae. Mellisuginae. Phaetorninae, clearly shows the fluffy tarsal tufts typical of these hummingbirds; "The sexes are very much alike, and both have the white muff-like decoration on the leg, but it is not so much developed in the female as in the male" (Gould 1861); "Eriocnemis Reichenbach, Av. Syst. Nat. [1849], pl. xl. Generic details only, no species. Type, by subsequent designation, Eriopus simplex Gould = Trochilus cupreo-ventris Fraser (Gould, Monogr. Trochil. pt. 3, 1852, pl. [8] and text)." (Peters, 1945, V, p. 108).   
Var. Eriocnemys, Euryocnemis.   
Synon. Aline, Derbyomyia, Engyete, Erebenna, Eriona, Eriopus, Luciania, Mosqueria, Nania, Niche, Phemonoe, Pholoe, Threptria, Vestipedes.

● Isabella Cortés (fl. 2006) daughter of Colombian field ornithologist and collector Alexander Cortés-Diago (Eriocnemis).
● Isabel Maria Thirion née Dalla Costa Soubette (1822-1886) Venezuelan wife of French naturalist Eugène Thirion (Iodopleura).
● Lady Isabel Burton (1831-1896) traveller, author, wife of Sir Richard Burton (Oreocossypha).
● Isabella Province (= Isabela), northern Luzon, Philippines (Oriolus).