Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Black-crested Coquette (Lophornis helenae)


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

Ornismya Helenæ


, 1843,

Vera Paz, Guatemala


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


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


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

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Boesman, P. (2020). 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 on 21 February 2020).