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Short-crested Coquette Lophornis brachylophus



Conservation Status

The IUCN Red List status of Short-crested Coquette is Critically Endangered due its highly restricted distribution and small population size (a distribution of only 50 km2 and a population estimated at 250-999 individuals; BirdLife International 2014). It is considered Endangered under Mexican law (NOM-059 SEMARNAT 2010). It is also is considered a species at greatest risk of extinction by Partners in Flight (Berlanga et al. 2010). Based on determinations of habitat loss, Berlanga et al. (2010) estimated that 15-49% of the population of Short-crested Coquette has been lost in Mexico during the last century.

Effects of human activity on populations

Short-crested Coquette faces heightened risk because of its specialization on threatened tropical evergreen forest habitats. The primary threat to this species is loss of this habitat due to clearing for agriculture. It also faces future threats from climate change.

Recommended Citation

Short-crested Coquette (Lophornis brachylophus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: