Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Critically Endangered

Short-crested Coquette (Lophornis brachylophus)


French: Coquette du Guerrero German: Kurzhaubenelfe Spanish: Coqueta de Guerrero

Lophornis delattrei brachylopha

R. T. Moore

, 1949,

San Vicente de Benítez, Guerrero, Mexico


Closely related to L. delattrei and possibly L. stictolophus; has been considered conspecific with former. Monotypic.


Sierra Madre del Sur (Guerrero), in SW Mexico.

Descriptive notes

7–7·5 cm. Male has short, straight bill, black; crest short (c. 1·2 cm), filamentous, rufous, longest feathers tipped green; rest of upperparts deep... read more


Mostly silent. A high, sharp “sip” or “tsip” when feeding. Also quiet dry chips “chi..chi-chi..”.... read more


Semi-deciduous forest, humid evergreen forest, pine-oak forest, and plantations at 900–1800 m. read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on nectar of flowering Cecropia, Clethra, Conostegia, Inga and other small flowering plants.... read more


Probably Nov–Feb. No further data available.


Sedentary with some altitudinal movements likely.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. CITES II. Previously considered Endangered. Restricted-range species: present in Sierra Madre del Sur EBA. Locally frequent to uncommon. Species is... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T., Boesman, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Short-crested Coquette (Lophornis brachylophus). 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 27 May 2019).