February 22, 2017 – Tufted Coquette (Lophornis ornatus)

Requested by: @fightlikeleia

These small hummingbirds are found in northeastern South America. They forage for nectar and insects, visiting many scattered flowers to feed instead of defending a territory around a cluster of flowers, a behavior known as trap-lining. Because they tend to feed from flowers that rely on non-hummingbird pollinators, their food supply can be affected by insects or other pollinators. Males perform aerial courtship displays, flying in a “U” shape around females. Females build small cup-shaped nests from plant down, incubating the eggs and caring for the chicks alone.


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