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

Wedge-tailed Sabrewing is a large, gray and green hummingbird of humid to semi-arid evergreen forests, second-growth open woodlands and flowering gardens. Like other hummingbirds, this sabrewing feeds on nectar and small arthropods. The chirping, insect-like vocalizations of this species can go on for several minutes before breaking into full song, which consists of a loud, gurgling warble. The widespread Wedge-tailed Sabrewing is very similar to Long-tailed Sabrewing (Campylopterus excellens), which is restricted to a small region in southern Mexico, between the two subspecies of Wedge-tailed Sabrewing; the taxonomic relationships between these populations are not well known, and merit further research. Although Wedge-tailed Sabrewing is large, widely distributed, and is not rare, very little is known about its natural history.


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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

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.