Santa Marta Sabrewing Campylopterus phainopeplus

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This large, glittering green hummingbird is endemic to the Santa Marta Mountains, in northeast Colombia, where it is locally fairly common on the southeast and northern slopes, although most of the recent records are from sites in the former area. The Santa Marta Sabrewing is an altitudinal migrant. During the dry season (February–May) it occurs at humid forest borders at 1200–1800 m, where it favors banana flowers in shade coffee plantations, but in the wet season (June–October) the species moves into open páramo almost as high the snowline at 4800 m. It is still unclear when and where the Santa Marta Sabrewing breeds. This sabrewing, which is considered to be globally Endangered, is suspected to be enduring an ongoing decline, given moderate habitat destruction and fragmentation, and elevational migrants of this nature obviously present special problems for their conservation.

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Recommended Citation

Santa Marta Sabrewing (Campylopterus phainopeplus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: