Short-crested coquette

Short-crested coquette
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Trochilidae
Genus: Lophornis
Species: L. brachylophus
Binomial name
Lophornis brachylophus
R. T. Moore, 1949
Range of L. brachylophus

The short-crested coquette (Lophornis brachylophus) is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family.


This tiny hummingbird measures 7–7.5 cm (2.8–3.0 in) and weighs 2.7 g (0.095 oz).[2] The male has bronze-green upperparts with rufous crown and crest. White band on upper rump and bronze-purple lower rump. The throat is green while the face features short, orange cheek-tufts tipped green. A white band separates the throat from the rest of the underparts, which are pale cinnamon. The female lacks the male's crest and cheek patches.[3]


It is found only in Mexico, in the extremely restricted range of a 25 km (16 mi) stretch of the Atoyac-Paraíso-Puerto del Gallo road in the Sierra Madre del Sur of Guerrero, Mexico, north-west of Acapulco.[2][3]

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests and plantations.

It is threatened by habitat loss caused by land clearing for agricultural purposes. Conservation plans are complicated by illegal narcotic production activities within its restricted range.[2][3]


  1. BirdLife International (2013). "Lophornis brachylophus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 Arizmendi, M.C.; Rodríguez-Flores, C.; Soberanes-González, C. (2010). Schulenberg, T.S., ed. "Short-crested Coquette (Lophornis brachylophus)". Neotropical Birds Online. Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
  3. 1 2 3 BirdLife species factsheet for Lophornis brachylophus
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