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Rufous Sabrewing Campylopterus rufus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Monotypic
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg


Little information, apart from the observations of Rowley (1984), who found five nests in Oaxaca, Mexico in April and May. The nest is a small cup. The outer wall is primarily green moss, some of which draps below the nest as a streamer up to 5 cm long, and decorated externally with lichens; the cup is lined with whitish thistle down. The nests are placed on slender branches in the understory, 1.2-15. m above the ground. of exposed horizontal branches and shrubs between 1 and 2 m high. Nest dimensions are: external diameter, 50 mm; total depth (not including the streamer), 50 mm; diameter of cup, 33 mm; and depth of cup, 22 mm. The clutch is two; the eggs are white and unmarked. Mean egg dimensions are 15.29 x 9.95 mm.

Incubation lasts 15 - 16 days and the chicks fledge at 23 - 26 days (Schuchmann 1999).

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Rufous Sabrewing (Campylopterus rufus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.