Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Near Threatened

Festive Coquette (Lophornis chalybeus)


French: Coquette chalybée German: Schmetterlingselfe Spanish: Coqueta verde sureña

Trochilus chalybeus


, 1821,



Formerly placed, together with its sister-species L. verreauxii and L. pavoninus, in a separate genus, Polemistria. Hitherto considered conspecific with L. verreauxii (which see). Monotypic.


SE Brazil (Espírito Santo and SE Minas Gerais S to Santa Catarina).

Descriptive notes

7·6–8·5 cm; c. 3 g (records of 2·2–2·4 g presumably refer to juveniles). Male has short, straight black bill; cheeks blackish,... read more


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


Humid forest (including tall riparian growth), second growth and cerrado, from sea-level... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on nectar of flowering Acanthaceae, Bromeliaceae, Compositae, Malvaceae, Myrtaceae, Rubiaceae, Verbenaceae and Vochysiaceae. In Santa... read more


Aug–Nov, though season stated to be Oct–Feb in SE Brazil. Nest cup-shaped, constructed of fine soft plant down, saddled at the... read more


Sedentary, with some seasonal short-distance dispersal most likely. Total of eight records from NE... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. No information on abundance available, but is unquestionably very uncommon in Santa Catarina (Brazil... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Festive Coquette (Lophornis chalybeus). 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 6 December 2019).