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Subspecies obscurus (aequatorialis)
Photo by Luis R
Moyobamba, San Martin, Peru, March 2018
Campylopterus largipennis


Photo by Anselmo d Affonseca
Amazonas, Brazil, March, 2014

12·4–14·9 cm (4¾-5¾ in)
Sexes very similar

  • Slightly de-curved bill
  • Black upper mandible
  • Black-tipped pinkish lower mandible


South America: found in Colombia, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Brazil


Outcrop Sabrewing and Diamantina Sabrewing were formerly included in this species.


There are two subspecies[1]:

  • C. l. largipennis:
  • C. l. obscurus:

Subspecies aequatorialis is included under C.l. obscurus.


Humid lowland, river-edge forests east of Andes, observed at heights between 488 m (1,600 ft) and 860 m asl (2,822 ft).



Their main diet consists of nectar.


They build a cup-shaped nest from moss.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2014 & April 2018)
  4. Birdforum Member observations

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GSearch checked for 2020 platform.