Hummingbirds possess long, extendable tongues that allow them to reach into flowers to obtain the sugar-rich nectar (5). The gorgeted puffleg is thought to feed on the nectar of plants (such as Bejaria resinosa, Cavendishia bracteata, Cinchena pubesens and Faramea flavicansi), and also eats insects, including small flies (2).
All hummingbirds display an amazing ability of flight. Beating the wings so fast they become a blur to human eyes, hummingbirds are capable of hovering, flying backwards, and changing direction at incredible speed. In normal flight they can beat their wings up to 75 times per second, increasing to 200 beats per second when a male is courting a female (6). Beating the wings at such speed creates the humming noise they are named after, and this may be used by the birds to communicate, as varying frequencies in sound have been seen to alter the behaviour of fellow hummingbirds (7).
As this species was so recently discovered, there is not yet any information available on its breeding biology.