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Rufous-crested Coquettes measure about 2.9 - 3.1 inches (7.5 - 8 cm) in length, including the tail. The bill is about 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) long. Males have a very dark green plumage, except for the white rump and rufous, dark-tipped crest , glossy green throat patch (gorget) and elongated white feathers on the upper chest.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, and heavily degraded former forest.