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Male, Subspecies delattrei
Photo © by Jones Stanley Jones
Villa Carmen Lodge, outside of Pillcopata, Cusco Department, Peru, September 2018
Lophornis delattrei


Female, subspecies delattrei
Photo © by Stanley Jones
Amazonia Lodge, Atalaya, Río Altos Madre de Dios, Madre de Dios Department, Peru, September 2018

6·4–7 cm (2½-2¾ in), bill 8mm, short and straight.

Male: long, rufous crest. Bronzy green above. Has a white band across the rump. Tail rufous. Throat metallic green with 3 white spots. Remaing underparts green, like back.

Female: No crest but has a dull rufous forecrown. Otherwise like male above. Throat a light orange/brown. Chest streaked bronze. Underparts dull green. Cinnamon tail with black subterminal band.


Central and South America: found in South West Costa Rica locally through Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, to North Bolivia.



Female (left) and Immature male (right)
Photo © ny Peter R. Bono
Amazonia Lodge, Peru, August 2008

Two subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • L.d. lessoni:
  • L.d. delattrei:

Locally from southern Ecuador to eastern Peru and northern Bolivia


Borders of humid forest and secondary growth woodland. Also in nearby clearings.


Rare to Uncommon. Usually seen perched on an exposed branch or twig, quite often at moderate heights. Feeds quite low. Wags tail slowly up and down in flight. Looks like a large Bee!


Their main diet consists of nectar, from small flowering plants, also winged arthropods taken in flight.


Photo © by Mathias Singer
Eco Lodge, Tambopata National Reserve, Peru, December 2012

There is very little information available.


  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. BF Member observations
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2017)

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