Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Frilled Coquette (Lophornis magnificus)


French: Coquette magnifique German: Prachtelfe Spanish: Coqueta magnífica

Trochilus magnificus


, 1817,





E & S Brazil from Espírito Santo S to Rio Grande do Sul, and W to S Mato Grosso, Tocantins and Goiás; irregularly N to Alagoas, where status uncertain.

Descriptive notes

7·1–7·7 cm; mean 2·66 ± 0·29 g, records of 1·2 and 1·8 g presumably referring to juveniles. Male has short straight... read more


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


Edges of humid forest, second growth, coffee plantations, and cerrado up to 1000 m.

Food and feeding

Feeds on arthropods and nectar of small flowering plants like Cirus, Delphinium, Duranta arborensis, introduced... read more


Aug–Mar. Cup-shaped nest with vertical walls built out of fine plant down and moss, decorated with green and whitish lichens on the... read more


Some seasonal dispersal, possibly following flowering and reproductive season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common, but comparatively few published records from Minas Gerais and only recently recorded in Tocantins for the first time. Readily... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Frilled Coquette (Lophornis magnificus). 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 24 January 2020).