Family Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)


Santa Marta Sabrewing (Campylopterus phainopeplus)


French: Campyloptère des Santa Marta German: Santa-Marta-Degenflügel Spanish: Colibrí de Santa Marta

Campylopterus phainopeplus

Salvin and Godman

, 1879,

Santa Marta Mountains, Colombia


In the past sometimes placed in genus Saepiopterus. Monotypic.


NE & S slopes of Santa Marta Mts, in N Colombia.

Descriptive notes

c. 13 cm. Male has slightly decurved black bill; upperparts glittering emerald-green, postocular spot white, face black; throat and breast iridescent blue, rest of underparts... read more


Voice described as a plaintive double “twit-twit”, both in flight and display.


Borders of humid forest, plantations, especially old banana plantations, sometimes in bushy p... read more

Food and feeding

Takes nectar and insects; no specific food plants recorded, except flowering banana (Musa); territorial.


Birds in breeding condition Apr–Jun, displaying males Jun–Jul. No further data available.


Seasonal altitudinal movements at lower elevations (1200–1800 m) during dry season (Feb... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. Previously considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Santa Marta Mountains EBA. Locally common but restricted in range. Readily... read more

Recommended citation

Züchner, T., de Juana, E. & Boesman, P. (2020). Santa Marta Sabrewing (Campylopterus phainopeplus). 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 17 February 2020).