Few hummingbirds are as fancy as showy coquettes. Colorful, crested, frilled, tufted, and oh so festive, they are jewels of Central and South America. We found the photos below in our online galleries.
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Festive Coquette: This bird, photographed by Rodolfo Eller in Ubatuba, São Paulo, Brazil, seems to be showing off its dotted cheek tufts. It occurs across much of South America.
Frilled Coquette: Rodolfo Eller photographed this bird as well, in Resende, Rio de Janeiro. Frilled Coquette is found only in Brazil.
Tufted Coquette: Spectacular red-topped Tufted Coquette occurs across northern South America, and it’s a highlight of every trip to the Asa Wright Nature Centre on the island of Trinidad, where IPMCanada snapped this photo.
Rufous-crested Coquette: This photo, taken in Moyobamba, Peru, by Guia Calles, shows that a crest can sometimes look like a crown.
Black-crested Coquette: This streaked beauty is native to Central, not South, America (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico). Bump took the photo at the Hanging Bridges near La Fortuna, Costa Rica.
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