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Wedge-tailed Sabrewing

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Photo by alancYucatan, Mexico, January 2011
Photo by alanc
Yucatan, Mexico, January 2011
Campylopterus curvipennis

Includes: Curve-winged Sabrewing


[edit] Identification

Long wedge-shaped tail, green upperparts, blue to violet-blue crown, green nape, white spot behind its eyes, dark grey cheek, pale gray to white underparts, often slightly darker laterally, long bill which is straight or slightly decurved, lower mandible is pink at base. Male is slightly larger, sexes are similar. Juveniles are duller.

[edit] Distribution

Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

[edit] Taxonomy

Two subspecies recognized:

  • C. c. curvipennis in southern Mexico (southeast San Luis Potosí and southwest Tamaulipas to northern Oaxaca)
  • C. c. pampa on the Yucatán Peninsula to northern Guatemala, Belize and northern Honduras

pampa is sometimes split with the name Wedge-tailed Sabrewing, leaving the rest of the species with the English name Curve-winged Sabrewing.
Long-tailed Sabrewing was formerly included in this species.

[edit] Habitat

Moist lowland forests, humid tropical forests, woodlands, and dense second growth.

[edit] Behaviour

It breeds from March to July; its nest is a camouflaged cup attached to a horizontal branch.

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