Tufted Coquette Lophornis ornatus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Lucy Nepstad



The Tufted Coquette forages most frequently at flowering shrubs (Haverschmidt and Mees 1994). This species is a trap-liner, visiting scattered flowers or shrubs rather utilizing (and defending) clusters of flowers.


In the field Lophornis ornatus has been observed as a fairly unaggressive species. While it may be incited into territorial altercations with other species of hummingbird, it almost always loses (Feinsinger et al. 1985).

Sexual Behavior

The courtship display for the Tufted Coquette is similar to that of many other hummingbirds and involves the male flying around the female in a “U” shape. Males do not assist in nest construction or in helping to raise offspring (ffrench 1973).

Social and interspecific behavior

The Tufted Coquette is almost always solitary (ffrench 1973).

Recommended Citation

Nepstad, L. (2011). Tufted Coquette (Lophornis ornatus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.tufcoq1.01