Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Grey-breasted Sabrewing (Campylopterus largipennis)


French: Campyloptère à ventre gris German: Graubrust-Degenflügel Spanish: Colibrí pechigrís

Trochilus largipennis


, 1783,



Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. l. aequatorialis Gould, 1861 – E Colombia, E Ecuador, E Peru and N Bolivia to NW Brazil (E, S of Amazon, to R Madeira).
  • C. l. largipennis (Boddaert, 1783) – E Venezuela, the Guianas and NW Brazil (W to R Negro).
  • C. l. obscurus Gould, 1848 – E Amazonian Brazil S of Amazon (from R Madeira E to E Pará and W Maranhão).
  • C. l. diamantinensis Ruschi, 1963 – Serra Espinhaço, in Minas Gerais, SE Brazil.
  • Descriptive notes

    12·4–14·9 cm; male 9–10 g, female c. 7–8 g. Male has slightly decurved bill, upper mandible black, lower fleshy with black tip; upperparts... read more


    Commonest calls a repeated short “chik” or “trzik” (the latter bisyllabic), occasionally a faster... read more


    Humid forest, second growth, clearings, plantations and thickets at 100–800 m; race ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds on nectar of flowering ericads, Heliconia and other plants; in Nariño (S Colombia), feeds on bushes of... read more


    Birds in breeding condition in Jun (Colombia); nests in Apr (Brazil) and late Nov (Ecuador). Cup-shaped nest is built out of moss, lined... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Uncommon to locally common. Accepts man-made habitats and other disturbed areas like plantations and clearings. Regularly recorded at... read more

    Recommended citation

    Züchner, T., Kirwan, G.M., de Juana, E. & Boesman, P. (2020). Grey-breasted Sabrewing (Campylopterus largipennis). 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 21 January 2020).