Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Spangled Coquette (Lophornis stictolophus)


French: Coquette pailletée German: Glanzelfe Spanish: Coqueta coronada

Lophornis stictolophus

Salvin and Elliot

, 1873,

Antioquia, Colombia


Possibly closely related to L. brachylophus and L. delattrei. Described form L. insignibarbis, known from single Bogotá trade skin and sometimes awarded monospecific genus Lithiophanes, may be a hybrid of present species and L. verreauxii, although characters apparently do not fit precisely with either. Monotypic.


W Venezuela (W Coastal Range; locally in Andes) S through E Colombia and E Ecuador to N Peru (Marañón Valley).

Descriptive notes

6·4–6·9 cm. Very similar to L. delattrei. Male has short straight bill, red, tipped black; forehead and crest rufous, crest feathers slightly... read more


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


Edge of humid forest, clearings, cerrado and drier scrubby areas, up to 1300 m. Usually... read more

Food and feeding

No specific data available but possibly feeds on nectar of similar flowers as L. delattrei, including Inga, Lantana... read more


No information available.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Previously considered Near Threatened. Generally rare, but no immediate threats recorded so far. Like L. delattrei this species is... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Boesman, P. (2019). Spangled Coquette (Lophornis stictolophus). 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 15 December 2019).