|Genus:|| Campylopterus |
The Sabrewings are relatively large Neotropical hummingbirds in the genus Campylopterus and Platystylopterus. They are species of the understory and edges of forests, mostly in mountains, and often near streams. The female Sabrewing lays its two white eggs in a relatively large cup nest on a low horizontal branch, usually over a stream.
The sabrewings are very large for hummingbirds, typically 12–15 cm long. The black bill is strong and slightly decurved. The shafts of the male’s two outermost primary flight feathers are thickened, flattened and bent at an angle to give the distinctive feature which gives the sabrewings their English and scientific names (Greek καμπυλοσ kampylos, "bent", and πτερον pteron, "wing").
In some species, the male and female plumage is similar, in others, such as the Violet Sabrewing, the sexes look completely different. In several species, the three outer pairs of the tail feathers are broadly tipped white.
- Grey-breasted Sabrewing, Campylopterus largipennis
- Rufous-breasted Sabrewing, Campylopterus hyperythrus
- Violet Sabrewing, Campylopterus hemileucurus
- White-tailed Sabrewing, Campylopterus ensipennis
- Lazuline Sabrewing, Campylopterus falcatus
- Santa Marta Sabrewing, Campylopterus phainopeplus
- Napo Sabrewing, Campylopterus villaviscensio
- Buff-breasted Sabrewing, Campylopterus duidae
- Rufous Sabrewing, Platystylopterus rufus
- Curve-winged Sabrewing, Platystylopterus curvipennis
- Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, Platystylopterus pampa
- Long-tailed Sabrewing, Platystylopterus excellens
- Sombre Hummingbird, Campylopterus cirrochloris (by most authorities placed in the monotypic genus Aphantochroa).
- Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Campylopterus macrourus (by most authorities placed in the monotypic genus Eupetomena).
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