Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus

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


  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding
Distribution of the Violet Sabrewing
eBird range map for Violet Sabrewing

Generated from eBird observations (Year-Round, 1900-present)

Distribution in the Americas

The Violet Sabrewing occurs in montane areas from southern Mexico south to western Panama. The principal elevational range of the Violet Sabrewing in Mexico is 500-2000 m, although locally it occurs up to 2500 m (Howell and Webb 1995); the elevational range in Costa Rica generally is 1500-2400 m in Costa Rica (Stiles and Skutch 1989). It primarily is resident, but it frequently descends to lower elevations outside of the breeding season, to as low as 400 m in Costa Rica (Stiles and Skutch 1989).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Violet Sabrewings occur in the understory of humid montane evergreen forest, at forest edges, in old second growth forest, in banana plantations, and in flower gardens.

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

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.