Tufted Coquette - Male
Asa Wright Nature Center - Photo courtesy Dick Shirley
The Tufted Coquette is a tiny hummingbird, 6.6 cm long and weighing 2.3 grams. The male
Tufted Coquette has a rufous head crest and a coppery green back with a whitish rump band
that is prominent in flight. The forehead and underparts are green and the throat is a
shiny green. Rufous plumes with black dotted tips project from the sides of the neck. The
tail is golden rufous. The female does not have the crest and plumes. It has green
upperparts and rufous underparts which become much paler on the belly. There is a narrow
rufous crown. The tail is mostly bronze green with a dusky band and whitish tips to the
feathers. There is a white to buffy rump band. Immature males are like the female, but the
throat is whitish with fine dark spotting. The short and straight bill of both sexes is
red and black-tipped in the manner of other coquettes.
Family - Hummingbirds
Latin name - Lophornis ornata
Range - Venezuela, the Guianas, northeast Brazil and Trinidad
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Photograph courtesy Jim and Nancy Dewitt
Photograph taken at Asa Wright Nature Center by James Wood
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