The violet sabrewing (Campylopterus hemileucurus) is a very large hummingbird native to southern Mexico and Central America as far south as Costa Rica and western Panama.

It is a species of the understory and edges of mountain forests, especially near streams. The female violet sabrewing lays two white eggs in a relatively large cup nest on a low horizontal branch, usually over a stream.

The violet sabrewing is 15 cm (5.9 in) long; the male weighs 11.5 g (0.41 oz) and the female 9.5 g (0.34 oz). It is the largest hummingbird found outside of South America and the largest sabrewing. The adult male is deep violet, with a dark green back and wing coverts. The shafts of the male’s outer primary flight feathers are thickened and flattened to give the distinctive feature which gives the sabrewings their English and scientific names. The three outer pairs of feathers of the otherwise black tail are white; this gives rise to the scientific species name, hemileucurus translating as "half-white tail", but several other sabrewings share the tail pattern, not least the white-tailed sabrewing of Venezuela and Tobago.



The female is dark green above and grey below apart from a violet throat; the tail pattern is the same as the male's. Young violet sabrewings have buff edges to the feathers and lack any violet, although juvenile males may be dusky green-blue below.

The food of this species is nectar, taken mainly from undergrowth flowers with Heliconias and bananas as favourites. The males are less aggressive and territorial at flowers than their size would suggest.

The call of the violet sabrewing is a sharp twitter, and the song of the male, given at leks of up to ten males, is a high-pitched piercing cheep tsew cheep tik-tik tsew.
Violet Sabrewing
Date Location Count
2020-08-30 15:11Moonracer Farm1
2020-09-19 07:07RNP Chajbaoc1
2020-08-21 18:24Paraiso Verde Lodge1
2020-09-19 07:25SFF Setonq--Los Vencejos (acceso restringido)1
2020-08-25 17:18Mestela1
2020-09-06 08:01Hotel Posada El Guardabarranco1
2020-08-25 07:17Sendero El Colibrí y Río Masca1
2020-09-07 10:54RNP Los Tarrales--sector Vesubio3
2020-09-13 07:19RNP Los Tarrales--camino a Vesubio2
2020-08-26 07:05RNP Los Tarrales--San Pedro Trail2
2020-09-09 10:48RNP Los Tarrales--sendero La Rinconada2
2020-09-11 11:00RNP Los Tarrales--sendero a la playa y laguna1
2020-08-22 06:45Yumar1
2020-08-29 17:50Finca La Colochera (Acceso Restringido)1
2020-09-11 08:07Finca La Gracia1
2020-08-28 09:37Finca El Zur1
2020-08-23 12:45BioParque Paradise5
2020-09-06 09:01PN Azul Meámbar--PANACAM Lodge2
2020-09-12 15:57PN Azul Meámbar--Sendero El Venado (PANACAM Lodge)2
2020-08-30 09:20Ecoparque El Espino2
2020-09-15 12:33Finca Las Palmas1
2020-09-14 06:00Finca Lindos Ojos1
2020-09-18 05:23Reserva El Jaguar 2
2020-08-31 07:38CEN Centro de Entendimiento con la Naturaleza Peñas Blancas1
2020-09-18 13:00Arenal Misticopark (Hanging Bridges)1
2020-09-05 06:21Arenal Observatory Lodge1
2020-09-12 07:27Monteverde--Selvatura Park6
2020-09-08 07:28Curi-Cancha Refugio de Vida Silvestre1
2020-08-22 08:51Curicancha Reserve entrance road7
2020-09-19 07:18Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve--Entrance4
2020-09-11 15:25Monteverde--Hummingbird Gallery6
2020-08-31 08:18San Luis1
2020-08-31 08:18San Luis--Finca Ecológica1
2020-09-12 09:09Hotel Tierras Enamoradas1
2020-08-26 06:43Camino a la Reserva Alberto Manuel Brenes1
2020-08-23 09:55Reserva Natural Catarata de la Danta1
2020-09-11 14:15Bosque Nuboso El Cocora4
2020-09-13 15:35Bajo La Paz, San Ramón1
2020-09-17 15:36Bajos del Toro--El Silencio Lodge1
2020-08-26 08:31Zona Protectora El Chayote2
2020-08-26 07:07Virgen del Socorro1
2020-09-19 09:55Galeria de Colibrí y Soda Cinchona - Mirador San Fernando5
2020-08-28 08:08Sendero Rey de Cocora4
2020-09-03 06:10San Luis de Grecia1
2020-09-03 07:21La Paz Waterfall Gardens3
2020-09-01 13:05Cerro Chompipe1
2020-09-14 11:19Monserrat de Coronado6
2020-09-18 08:00Parque Ambiental Municipal Río Loro2
2020-09-09 10:43Hotel Quelitales1
2020-08-30 16:46Kiri Lodge1
2020-08-27 08:11PN Tapanti--Sector Tapanti1
2020-09-15 06:45Rancho Naturalista1
2020-09-10 06:53Río Tuis ZP--near Rancho Naturalista1
2020-09-12 08:28Paraiso Quetzal Lodge - Km 701
2020-09-06 15:03Savegre Hotel1
2020-09-08 09:48San Isidro PZ--Reserva Las Quebradas (FUDEBIOL)2
2020-09-14 07:33La Chuma1
2020-09-11 07:00Cloudbridge Nature Reserve1
2020-08-26 05:40Wilson Botanical Garden (OTS Las Cruces)1
2020-09-18 08:30Sendero Culebra1
2020-09-08 15:00Jaramillo Arriba12
2020-09-16 15:15Tinamou Cottage1