Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Black-crested Coquette (Lophornis helenae)


Taxonomy

French: Coquette d’Hélène German: Schwarzschopfelfe Spanish: Coqueta crestinegra
Taxonomy:

Ornismya Helenæ

DeLattre

, 1843,

Vera Paz, Guatemala

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Formerly placed, together with its sister-species L. adorabilis, in a separate genus, Paphosia. Monotypic.

Distribution:

S Mexico (Veracruz, N Oaxaca, Chiapas) S to EC Costa Rica.

Descriptive notes

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

Voice

Mostly silent. Presumed song a repeated clear, upslurred “tsuwee”. Calls include a quiet, metallic... read more

Habitat

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

Breeding

Nest found in Mar; small, cup-shaped at end of twig 8 m above ground. No further information available.

Movements

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

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Boesman, P. (2017). Black-crested Coquette (Lophornis helenae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/55426 on 30 May 2017).