Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Buff-breasted Sabrewing (Campylopterus duidae)


French: Campyloptère montagnard German: Tepuidegenflügel Spanish: Colibrí del Duida

Campylopterus duidæ


, 1929,

Mount Duida, Venezuela


In the past sometimes placed in a monospecific genus, Loxopterus. Has been considered conspecific with C. hyperythrus. Proposed race zuloagae (Cerro Yavi, S Venezuela) treated as a synonym of nominate. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. d. guaiquinimae J. T. Zimmer & Phelps, Sr, 1946 – Mt Guaiquinima (S Venezuela).
  • C. d. duidae Chapman, 1929 – tepuis of S Venezuela (SW Bolívar, Amazonas) and adjacent N Brazil (Serranía de la Neblina).
  • Descriptive notes

    12 cm. Very similar to C. hyperythrus; male has straight black bill; upperparts shining bronze-green, greener on head; underparts drab, tinted with tawny on sides,... read more


    Song undescribed. Calls include somewhat buzzy chipping notes “chzzi”, at times a longer chattering... read more


    In forested foothills and lower evergreen montane forests, and in low and high tepui (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Forages on nectar and tiny spiders and insects in forest understorey and mid-strata.


    Nests placed 2–3 m above the ground. No further information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Although endemic to tepuis of Guayanan region it is common in those habitats; no... read more

    Recommended citation

    Sánchez Osés, C. & Boesman, P. (2019). Buff-breasted Sabrewing (Campylopterus duidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 15 November 2019).