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Lophornis delattrei

Rufous-crested Coquette

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae

Authors: Sedgwick, Carolyn W.

Lophornis delattrei

Waquanki Reserve, Moyobamba, San Martín, Peru; 6 January 2014 © Robert Lewis

These coquettes spend very little time in the forest and instead feed on low flowering plants around shrubby clearings, roadsides, or the forest edge. Their flight is rather beelike and individuals tend to favor high perches. Both sexes are remarkably similar in appearance to the Spangled Coquette (Lophornis stictolphus). The male’s striking, elongated, rufous crest is more spiky than the bushy crest of the Spangled Coquette, and females are potentially distinguished by the bronzy green underparts and more cinnamon throat (instead of mostly white) found on the Rufous-crested.

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Recommended Citation

Sedgwick, Carolyn W.. 2011. Rufous-crested Coquette (Lophornis delattrei), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

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