Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

White-crested Coquette (Lophornis adorabilis)


French: Coquette adorable German: Weißschopfelfe Spanish: Coqueta adorable

Lophornis adorabilis


, 1870,

Bugaba, Chiriquí, Panama


Formerly placed, together with its sister-species L. helenae, in a separate genus, Paphosia. Monotypic.


Pacific slope from C Costa Rica to W Panama (W Chiriquí).

Descriptive notes

7–7·8 cm; c. 2·7 g. Male has short straight bill, red, tipped black; bill heavier than those of congeners; forehead fiery coppery, crest white, rest of... read more


Mostly silent. A short “tsip” or “chip” when feeding, sometimes in rapid sequences. When hovering,... read more


Humid forest, forest edge, second growth and shaded plantations, at 300–1200 m. Usually... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on nectar of flowering Inga, Lonchocarpus, Stachytarpheta and Vochysia. Arthropods are gleaned... read more


Dec–Feb. Nest cup-shaped, constructed of soft plant down, decorated with lichens on exterior, 5–20 m above ground, exposed at... read more


Sedentary, with seasonal altitudinal dispersal.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in South Central American Pacific Slope EBA. Locally common. Takes to man-made habitats such as... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Boesman, P. (2020). White-crested Coquette (Lophornis adorabilis). 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 25 February 2020).