Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Lazuline Sabrewing (Campylopterus falcatus)


French: Campyloptère lazulite German: Rotschwanz-Degenflügel Spanish: Colibrí lazulita

Trochilus falcatus


, 1821,

northern Venezuela


In the past sometimes placed in genus Saepiopterus. Monotypic.


Mountains of NC & W Venezuela, Sierra de Perijá, Santa Marta Mts and E Andes of Colombia, S on E slope to NE Ecuador (Napo).

Descriptive notes

11·5–13 cm; 6·4–8 g. Might be confused with Sternoclyta cyanopectus, but latter lacks any rufous in tail; also distinguished by lack of... read more


Males sing from relatively exposed, medium-height perches, usually as widely scattered individuals... read more


High and low montane semi-deciduous forest, flowering gardens, plantation edges and sub-p... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on nectar of flowering ericads, Heliconia, Hibiscus and other flowers. Arthropods are caught in the air and gleaned... read more


Birds in breeding condition in June, Perijá Mts, Colombia/Venezuela, but probably breeds in Oct in Aragua, NC Venezuela. No further... read more


No precise information; presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. Uncommon and patchily distributed in montane evergreen forests of N Andes. Relatively sensitive to some habitat changes,... read more

Recommended citation

Sánchez Osés, C. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Lazuline Sabrewing (Campylopterus falcatus). 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 25 February 2020).