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The Violet sabrewing (Campylopterus hemileucurus) is a very large hummingbird native to Central America – matched in size only by a few other species, and surpassed only by the Giant Hummingbird. Both males and females have a long, black, decurved bill; and a long, black tail the corners of which are edged in white. The male's plumage grants the species its name: his head and most of his body is a deep, solid violet, with dark green on some wing feathers and the lower back, a blackish tail, and the white tail corners. It does not use size to its advantage and act highly territorially towards other hummingbirds – the Sabrewing is not very aggressive, and is rarely protective or defensive at flowers.
Violet sabrewing hummingbird