Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Butterfly Coquette (Lophornis verreauxii)


French: Coquette de Verreaux German: Grünschopfelfe Spanish: Coqueta verde norteña

Lophornis Verreauxii


, 1853,



Formerly placed, together with its sister-species L. chalybeus and L. pavoninus, in a separate genus, Polemistria. Hitherto considered conspecific with L. chalybeus, but differs on account of elongate crest feathers (3), all-dark sooty vs whitish-flecked breast and underparts (2), and purple-bronzy vs yellowish-bronzy central rectrices (2). Described form L. insignibarbis, known from a single Bogotá trade skin and sometimes awarded monospecific genus Lithiophanes, may be a hybrid of L. verreauxii and L. stictolophus, although apparently characters do not fit precisely with either. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. v. klagesi Berlepsch & E. J. O. Hartert, 1902 – E Venezuela (R Caura, in N Bolívar).
  • L. v. verreauxii Bourcier, 1853 – E Colombia, E Ecuador and E Peru to Amazonian Brazil (E to N Mato Grosso#R#R) and C Bolivia.
  • Descriptive notes

    7·5–9·1 cm. Very similar in all plumages to previously conspecific L. chalybeus (see Taxonomy comments), with which there is no geographical overlap. Male has rich,... read more


    Mostly silent. A short “tsip” or “chip” when feeding. When hovering, wings make a low-pitched bee-... read more


    Humid forest (including tall riparian growth, white-sandy soil scrub forest and terra firme... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on nectar of flowering plants, usually in canopy, e.g. on Inga and Erythrina, but also low down on Rodriguezia... read more


    Apparently nothing known.


    Sedentary, with some seasonal short-distance dispersal probable.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Has very wide range, but considered rare in E Ecuador (known from very few records) and E Peru, and uncommon in Colombia and Venezuela (where very... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Butterfly Coquette (Lophornis verreauxii). 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 17 January 2020).