Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Tshering Dema L



Occasionally males maintain territories on plants rich in nectar, but usually feed in foraging routes.


Rarely territorial at flowers (Stiles and Skutch 1989). Winker et al. (1992) observed male Violet Sabrewings chasing singing male C. excellens (Long-tailed Sabrewing); the chases were "rapid and violent", and hemileucurus always was dominant. Winker et al. (1992) suggest that the aggressive behavior may "reflect interspecific territoriality in a sympatrically breeding congener".

Sexual Behavior

The males sing at lek of 4-12 individuals during the breeding season (Skutch 1967, Stiles and Skutch 1989, Osés 1999). The singing perches at the leks are 2-4 m above the ground "in saplings in forest understory or edge" (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Social and interspecific behavior

Violet Sabrewings are solitary. See Territoriality.

Recommended Citation

Dema L, T. (2011). Violet Sabrewing (Campylopterus hemileucurus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.