Very little habitat remains for this critically endangered coquette. It is present potentially only along a 25 kilometer section of the Atoyac-Paraíso-Puerto del Gallo road in the Sierra Madre del Sur of Mexico. In this small region its habitat is unprotected and often cleared for corn, coffee, or illegal drug production. Consequently, Short-crested Coquettes are estimated to be declining at a rate of 10-19% each decade (BirdLife International 2011). They rely on humid evergreen forest, semi-deciduous, forest, pink-oak forests, and plantations. When feeding, these coquettes are generally outcompeted by other hummingbirds.