Violet Sabrewing Campylopterus hemileucurus

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

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


The song of the Violet Sabrewing is described as "a long series of evenly spaced but variable notes: cheep tsew cheep tik-tik tsew cheep ..., high-pitched, piercing and ventriloquial" (Stiles and Skutch 1989), and as "varied, loud, sharp chipping and warbles, often punctuated with fairly shrill, slightly explosive notes" (Howell and Webb 1995).

Calls are "high, sharp chippering and prolonged, hard chipping, at times run into a rattle, [also] single sharp chips given in flight" (Howell and Webb 1995).

Nonvocal Sounds

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.