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Campylopterus curvipennis

Wedge-tailed Sabrewing

  • Order: Apodiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic 2 Subspecies

Authors: Arizmendi, M. C., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg

Campylopterus curvipennis

Tikal National Park, Guatemala; 26 February 2010 © Jerry Oldenettel

Wedge-tailed Sabrewing is a large, gray and green hummingbird of humid to semi-arid evergreen forests, second-growth open woodlands and flowering gardens. Like other hummingbirds, this sabrewing feeds on nectar and small arthropods. The chirping, insect-like vocalizations of this species can go on for several minutes before breaking into full song, which consists of a loud, gurgling warble. The widespread Wedge-tailed Sabrewing is very similar to Long-tailed Sabrewing (Campylopterus excellens), which is restricted to a small region in southern Mexico, between the two subspecies of Wedge-tailed Sabrewing; the taxonomic relationships between these populations are not well known, and merit further research. Although Wedge-tailed Sabrewing is large, widely distributed, and is not rare, very little is known about its natural history.

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. C., C. Rodríguez-Flores, C. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg. 2012. Wedge-tailed Sabrewing (Campylopterus curvipennis), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online:

This map is based on the maps available from the NatureServe InfoNatura website. The data for these maps are provided by NatureServe in collaboration with Robert Ridgely, James Zook, The Nature Conservancy - Migratory Bird Program, Conservation International - CABS, World Wildlife Fund - US, and Environment Canada - WILDSPACE.

  • Migration/Movement:Resident (nonmigratory)
  • Primary Habitat:Secondary forest
  • Foraging Strata:Understory/Midstory
  • Foraging Behavior:Probe
  • Diet:Nectar
  • Sociality:Solitary
  • Mating System:
  • Nest Form:Cup
  • Clutch: 2 - 2
  • IUCN Status:Least Concern