Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Near Threatened

Napo Sabrewing (Campylopterus villaviscensio)


French: Campyloptère du Napo German: Napodegenflügel Spanish: Colibrí del Napo

Trochilus Villaviscensio


, 1851,

Napo, Ecuador


In the past sometimes placed in genus Saepiopterus. Monotypic.


Tropical and subtropical S Colombia (E slope in Nariño), E Ecuador and NE Peru (to San Martín).

Descriptive notes

c. 13·5 cm; male 7·4–9·3 g, female 5·2–7·4 g. Male has almost straight black bill; crown glittering golden-green, postocular... read more


Song a long series of two notes repeated continuously at evenly spaced intervals “tslip...tseek...... read more


Montane humid forest at 1000–1800 m; found at 780 m in Nariño (S Colombia). Forages in... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on nectar, presumably of flowering Heliconia, bromeliads and other plants; insects are caught in the air by hawking.


Birds in breeding condition Oct–Nov; no further data available.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Ecuador-Peru East Andes EBA. Locally common but habitat partly... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T. & Boesman, P. (2020). Napo Sabrewing (Campylopterus villaviscensio). 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 24 January 2020).