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Wedge-tailed Sabrewing Campylopterus curvipennis

  • Order: Caprimulgiformes
  • Family: Trochilidae
  • Polytypic: 2 subspecies
  • Authors: Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg


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

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

Distribution in the Americas

Wedge-tailed Sabrewing occurs from southeastern Mexico south to northern Honduras. It is distributed continuously on the Atlantic slope of Mexico from southern Tamaulipas south to northern Oaxaca (Howell and Webb 1995). There is a separate population in the Yucatan Peninsula, northeastern Chiapas, the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, northern Guatemala, and northeastern Honduras (Monroe 1968, Land 1970, Howell and Webb 1995). In Mexico it occurs from sea level up to 1400 m (Howell and Webb 1995).

Wedge-tailed Sabrewing primarily is resident, but some of the population may move to lower elevations when not breeding (Binford 1989).

Distribution outside the Americas

Endemic to the Americas.


Wedge-tailed Sabrewing inhabits humid evergreen and semideciduous forest and edges (Russell 1964, Smithe 1966, Howell and Webb 1995).

Historical changes

None reported.

Fossil history

None reported.

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2012). Wedge-tailed Sabrewing (Campylopterus curvipennis), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.