WWW: A Beautiful Little Bird
This week’s Weird Wildlife Wednesday is based on sheer loveliness. The tufted coquette, or splendid coquette, is a gorgeous little hummingbird native to Venezuela, Guiana, Brazil and Trinidad.
I’m not kidding about little, these guys grow up to be about 6.6cm long and weigh only about 2.3 g.
This hummingbird is not common though it can be found across a wide geographical region. It appears to migrate seasonally though the movement has not been well studied.
As with most birds, the males have more elaborate coloring than the females with a reddish head crest, brilliant spotted plumage around the neck, a green forehead and belly, white patch where the tail meets the body and a reddish gold tail. The females are mostly green with the same tail band, and reddish on the underside that becomes light across the belly. The tail is a bronze-green. They are tame and not particularly skittish. They eat nectar, like other species of hummingbirds, and hover in place as they flit from flower to flower, much like a bee.
Youtuber photomecan captured some really stunning footage of male and female tufted coquettes in this video which is, for some reason, set to the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack.
Image by Steve Garbrillivie via Wikimedia Commons