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Male on the right, Female on the left
Photo © by arthur grosset
Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil, March 2004
Lophornis magnificus


Photo © by Xyko Paludo
Itatiaia, RJ, Brazil, January 2019

7·1–7·7 cm (2¾-3 in)
The male has a straight red bill with a black tip. It has a rufous crest and an iridescent green forehead and throat which in certain lights look black. The frill projects from the throat and consists of elongated white feathers with green tips. The base of the frill is rufous. The frill is flattened against the breast as the bird hovers.

The female, lacks the crest and frill while the throat is rufous and the bill is darker. The under-tail is banded rufous and dark brown with pale rufous tips.
Both sexes show the whitish band across the rump that typifies the Lophornis genus.


Eastern South America: found in east-central Brazil


This is a monotypic species[1].


Humid forest, secondary woodland and cerrado.



Their main diet consists of arthropods and nectar.


They construct a cup-shaped nest with vertical walls, using plant down and moss.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Arthur Grosset

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