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Rufous Sabrewing Campylopterus rufus

Marîa del Coro Arizmendi, Claudia I. Rodríguez-Flores, Carlos A. Soberanes-González, and Thomas S. Schulenberg
Version: 1.0 — Published October 11, 2013


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Rufous Sabrewing primarily forages low, often in dense understory (Howell and Webb 1995); sometimes also feeds in more open situations at forest edge, where it may ascend to mid and upper strata (Howell and Webb 1995). Catches flying insects by sallying (Schuchmann 1999).


Little information. Males reportedly defend nectar-rich sources (Schuchmann 1999).

Sexual Behavior

Little information. Rufous Sabrewing presumably is polygynous, as are most if not all species of hummingbirds (Schuchmann 1999: 509). Males sing in small leks in dense understory (Howell and Webb 1995).

Social and interspecific behavior

Rufous Sabrewing primarily is solitary, as is typical of hummingbirds, although the males sing in small leks.


No documented reports of predation on Rufous Sabrewing?

Recommended Citation

Arizmendi, M. d. C., C. I. Rodríguez-Flores, C. A. Soberanes-González, and T. S. Schulenberg (2013). Rufous Sabrewing (Campylopterus rufus), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/nb.rufsab1.01