Very rare in parts of its range, the bee-like Spangled Coquette is usually seen foraging at the top of flowering trees. It there frequently steals nectar from the flower territories of larger hummingbirds. This species is quite small and very similar in appearance to the Rufous-crested Coquette (Lophornis delattrei). The rufous crest of the male Spangled Coquette is bushy rather than spiky, and is speckled with black dots. Females exhibit whiter throats. Spangled Coquettes are generally found at lower elevations than are the Rufous-crested and inhabit edges of humid forests, dry scrubby areas, and clearings.