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Meet The Rufous-Crested Coquette – A Unique Chubby Little Hummingbird (12 Pics)

The bird world is full of so many stunning and unique birds, you won’t believe are all real!

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Introducing the rufous-crested coquette hummingbird, this bird sports a fairytale-esque crown that is like no other.

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The crown coupled with its stunning plumage makes this hummingbird truly one-of-a-kind.


Rufous-crested Coquette - eBird

The rufous-crested coquette part of the hummingbird family, and is small and chubby and has a stunning iridescence, like most of the other sub-species.

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But the male Rufous-crested Coquette easily stands out with its stunning orange crest with black tips.

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Along with its bright green throat patch and white throat feathers, it’s a true marvel to look at.

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Check it out in the video below:


Rufous-crested Coquette (Lophornis delattrei)
Rufous-crested Coquette (Lophornis delattrei)

The female is a little duller than the male, which is common with birds. She doesn’t sport the orange crest or green throat and looks like a regular colorful hummingbird.

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Native to the tropical slopes of South America, these birds can be found in a range of countries along the Pacific and Caribbean mountainsides.

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Their diet is similar to other hummingbirds, nectar, and lots of it.

Rufous-crested Coquette, photographed in Peru : aww

They find the nectar in small scented flowers, just like a bee. They are known to eat small insects and spiders on occasion.

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They prefer to live in subtropical/tropical lowland forests at high altitudes.


The breeding behaviors for this bird aren’t very well recorded and don’t go further than the male displaying its crest and a short flight display for the female.

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The females build their cup-shaped nests with soft plant fibres, green moss and feathers. They prefer to place these nests in bushes, shrubs and small trees.

These birds only lay 1 egg in their nest at a time.