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A small, ornately-patterned hummingbird, the adult male Tufted Coquette has broad, rufous-and-black throat tufts as well as an orange crest that give this species its common name. The Tufted Coquette can be found at the edges of humid forests, and thickets, as well as in cultivated areas like plantations and savannas. This species can be found either singly or in small groups, searching for nectar and small insects to feed on. Due to the fact that it is adaptable and able to persist in human-modified habitats, the Tufted Coquette has not been placed on any threatened species lists.