Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Peacock Coquette (Lophornis pavoninus)


French: Coquette paon German: Pfauenelfe Spanish: Coqueta pavonina

Lophornis pavoninus

Salvin and Godman

, 1882,

Merumé Mountains, Guyana


Formerly placed, together with its sister-species L. chalybeus and L. verreauxii, in a separate genus, Polemistria. Proposed race punctigula (Cerro Ptari-tepui), described on basis of slight differences in female plumage, best considered synonymous with nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. p. pavoninus Salvin & Godman, 1882 – Cerro Ptari-tepui and Sierra de Lema (SE Venezuela), Mt Roraima (SE Venezuela–NC Brazil) and Merumé Mts (Guyana).
  • L. p. duidae Chapman, 1929 – Mt Duida and adjacent smaller tepuis in SE Venezuela.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 9·7 cm. Male has short, straight black bill; head glittering golden green with median black line, upperparts shining dark green with white band across rump; throat... read more


    No information.


    Rainforest, cloudforest, clearings and forest edge, at 500–2000 m. Forages alone or in small... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on nectar of flowering Inga, Lantana, Rubus, Salvia, Bromeliaceae, Rutaceae and Compositae.... read more


    No information on season; nest cup-shaped, suspended on horizontal branches c. 2 m above ground. Clutch size 2; incubation 13–14 days... read more


    Usually considered to be sedentary, but migratory or nomadic movements are suspected in SE... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Forest habitat on top of tepuis still remain pristine. However, during the last... read more

    Recommended citation

    Züchner, T. & Boesman, P. (2020). Peacock Coquette (Lophornis pavoninus). 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 26 January 2020).