French: Coquette d’Hélène German: Schwarzschopfelfe Spanish: Coqueta crestinegra
Vera Paz, Guatemala
S Mexico (Veracruz, N Oaxaca, Chiapas) S to EC Costa Rica.
6·4–7 cm; male and female 2·6–2·8 g. Male has short straight bill, red, tipped black; crown iridescent green, wispy crest hair-like, black,... read more
Mostly silent. Presumed song a repeated clear, upslurred “tsuwee”. Calls include a quiet, metallic... read more
Semi-open habitats, forest edge, second growth, gaps and plantations at 100–1200 m. Forages... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on nectar of flowering Clusia, Cordia, Dipteryx, Hampea, Hymenolobium, Norantea... read more
Nest found in Mar; small, cup-shaped at end of twig 8 m above ground. No further information available.
Sedentary, with irregular seasonal altitudinal dispersal.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally uncommon. May accept man-made habitats like plantations to some extent. Species has been recorded in Sierra de Los Tuxtlas (... read more
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