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Black-thighed puffleg        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Pufflegs, as their name suggests, have fluffy feathers around their short legs, much like the booted racket-tail.   I photographed this male and female on the same twig near a feeder at about 3000 m elevation on the slopes of Los Nevados National Park in Central Andes near Manizales, Colombia.  Other pufflegs in Colombia include the greenish puffleg and the golden-breasted puffleg.

  • Canon 7DII; 800 mm IS lens + extension tubes, fill-in flash (2015)