vantid (vantid) wrote in wtf_nature,

More Hummers!

Hummingbirds are amazing, each of the 328 species is prettier than the last. It's sad that most people only see images of the Ruby Throated Hummingbird, maybe an Anna's, Calliope, or other North American species.

Central and South America have a lot of the cool ones, but for a good wtf, I bring to you the genus Lophornis, the Coquettes.

There isn't a lot of information I could find about these guys, but they all seem to share the same spangle markings and frilly head feathers. The look like total party hard birds, like this Festive Coquette.

There are ten birds in this genus:
* White-Crested Coquette (Lophornis adorabilis)
* Short-Crested Coquette (Lophornis brachylophus)
* Festive Coquette (Lophornis chalybeus)
* Rufous-Crested Coquette (Lophornis delattrei)
* Dot-Eared Coquette (Lophornis gouldii)
* Black-Crested Coquette (Lophornis helenae)
* Frilled Coquette (Lophornis magnificus)
* Peacock Coquette (Lophornis pavoninus)
* Spangled Coquette (Lophornis stictolophus)
* Tufted Coquette (Lophornis ornatus)

More of the Frilled Coquette. I love how the dark parts of the long white feathers are iridescent! It reminds me of the pectoral feathers on a King Bird pf paradise.

And a couple videos! I dont know how to imbed them, so here are the links: Sitting around and looking awesome. Flitting around and looking awesome.

The Tufted Coquette had the most information of all of this genus on Wikipedia.

The Tufted Coquette ( Lophornis ornatus ) is a tiny hummingbird that breeds in eastern Venezuela, Trinidad, Guiana and northern Brazil. It is an uncommon but widespread species, which appears to be a local or seasonal migrant, although its movements are not well understood.

This small bird inhabits open country, gardens and cultivation. It is 6.6 cm long and weighs 2.3 g. The black-tipped red bill is short and straight.

The male Tufted Coquette is a striking bird. It 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 black-spotted rufous plumes project from the neck sides. The tail is golden rufous.

The female lacks the crest and plumes. She has green upperparts, except for the whitish tail band, and rufous underparts which become much paler on the belly. The tail is mostly bronze green with a dusky band and whitish tips to the feathers. Immature males are like the female, but the throat is whitish with fine dark spotting.

The female Tufted Coquette lays two eggs in a small cup nest made of plant down and placed on a branch.

Tufted Coquettes are tame and approachable. Their food is nectar, taken from a variety of flowers, and some small invertebrates. The small size and steady flight means that this hummer often resembles a large bee as it moves from flower to flower. The call of this species while feeding is a light chik.

A black crested Coquette.

I hope you enjoyed and had a non-spidery wtf, I gotta go. :3

Tags: birds
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