Black-Crested Coquette

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Lophornis Helenae

Black-crested Coquette

Adults have a glossy green back, blackish rump with a white band separating the green back from the black rump, greenish bronze spotted under plumage.

Males have a long black and green crest, a sparkling green throat with showy black and buff throat feathers that extends from the lower throat. Females have more brownish and generally duller plumage.

Females and juveniles lack the crest and throat patch of the adult male.

BILL: red thin, straight bill with black tip.

SIZE: measures about 2.56 - 2.75 inches in length.

WEIGHT: average weight is 2.6 - 2.8 grams.

COLOR: green, brown, red, black, white and buff.

Subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests or moist montanes, as well as heavily degraded former forest. Often seen along the rainforest edge.

NECTAR from several flowers such as Clusia, Cordia, Dipterix, Hampea and others.

INSECTS arthropods gleaned from foliage and twigs.

NEST: cup-shaped nest out of plant fibers woven together and green moss on the outside for camouflage in a protected location in a shrub, bush or tree.

EGGS: 2 white eggs.

Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.

Hovering, sometimes hanging while feeding from flowers.

Black-crested Coquette Infographic



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