Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Least Concern

Rufous Sabrewing (Campylopterus rufus)


French: Campyloptère roux German: Buntschwanz-Degenflügel Spanish: Colibrí rojizo mexicano

Campylopterus rufus


, 1840,

no locality = Guatemala


In the past sometimes separated in genus Platystylopterus. Thought to be closest to C. hyperythrus. Monotypic.


Pacific slope of Mexico (SE Oaxaca, Chiapas), S Guatemala and El Salvador.

Descriptive notes

12–14 cm; male c. 9 g, female 6·6–6·9 g. Male has medium-sized, slightly decurved black bill; upperparts iridescent bronzy-green, postocular spot... read more


Calls include a sharp nasal “skeek”, a slightly more metallic “plik” and trilling bisyllabic “... read more


Rainforest and forest edge, canyons with scattered woods, humid pine-oak forests, plantations;... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar of flowering Plantago, Erythrina, Salvia, Castilleja. Insects are caught in the air by hawking.... read more


Apr–May (Oaxaca, Mexico). Male forms small leks. Cup-shaped nest of moss lined with whitish thistle down, externally decorated with... read more


Sedentary, with local altitudinal wandering depending on flowering season.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in North Central American Highlands EBA. Locally common. Readily accepts man-made habitats such as... read more

Recommended citation

Schuchmann, K.L., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Rufous Sabrewing (Campylopterus rufus). 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 7 December 2019).