Black-crested Coquette Lophornis helenae

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, Guy M. Kirwan, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Black-crested Coquette is mostly silent (Stiles and Skutch 1989, Howell and Webb 1995). What may be a song is described as "a clear, upslurred tsuwee, repeated" (Howell and Webb 1995). Other reported vocalizations include "thin, high twittering when fighting and a quiet, slightly metallic teek when feeding" (Howell and Webb 1995), "a soft dry chipping" (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Nonvocal Sounds

In flight, the wings produce "a low insect-like humming" sound (Howell and Webb 1995).

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, G. M. Kirwan, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Black-crested Coquette (Lophornis helenae), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.