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These tiny coquettes have considerable rufous on their lower underparts and tails. Males show an elegant white crest and have shiny green cheek tufts. Found only in Costa Rica and Panama, White-Crested Coquettes frequent humid forests, secondary growth, and shaded plantations. They are sighted somewhat sporadically within a given area since they tend to show up in large numbers only when certain flowers are blooming. Within the forest interior, they are most likely to be found foraging in the canopy, but they do come down lower when foraging around the forest’s edge. At both levels, they tend to be subordinate to larger hummingbirds when feeding. During courtship displays, males dance back and forth in the air, making arcs in front of females.