Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-breasted Sabrewing (Campylopterus hyperythrus)


French: Campyloptère rougeâtre German: Rostbauch-Degenflügel Spanish: Colibrí rojizo venezolano
Other common names: Tepui Sabrewing

Campylopterus hyperythrus


, 1849,

Mount Roraima


Thought to be closest to C. rufus. Often considered conspecific with C. duidae. Monotypic.


Tepuis in SE Venezuela (E Bolívar) and adjacent N Brazil (Roraima) and W Guyana.

Descriptive notes

10·4–12 cm; 4·5–7 g. Unlikely to be confused within limited highland range; no elevational overlap with superficially similar Glaucis hirsutus... read more


Song a long series of evenly spaced single notes (overslurred on sonogram) “speek...speek...speek... read more


Scrub on summits of low tepui (table mountains), highland saxicolous biomes, evergreen... read more

Food and feeding

Forages, generally alone (although up to 20 individuals have been observed at a single tree), on nectar (visiting flowering trees and... read more


No information available, other than that nest is apparently placed 2–3 m above ground.


Usually considered to be sedentary, but locally numbers fluctuate dramatically, perhaps seasonally... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Tepuis EBA. Only recently discovered in Guyana, where known from Mt Roraima and Mt Ayanganna; it is... read more

Recommended citation

Sánchez Osés, C., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Rufous-breasted Sabrewing (Campylopterus hyperythrus). 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 29 February 2020).