Swifts (Apodidae)

African Palm-swift (Cypsiurus parvus) - HBW 5, p. 449

French: Martinet des palmes German: Palmensegler Spanish: Vencejo Palmero Africano
Other common names: Palm Swift (when joined with C. balasiensis); Madagascar Palm-swift (gracilis)

Taxonomy: Cypselus parvus Lichtenstein, 1823, Nubia.
Forms superspecies with C. balasiensis, with which previously considered conspecific. Race gracilis (with griveaudi) may prove to be a distinct species. Eight subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • parvus (Lichtenstein, 1823) - Senegambia to Ethiopia, S to S Sudan; also SW Arabia.
  • brachypterus (Reichenow, 1903) - Sierra Leone to NE Zaire, S to Angola; islands in Gulf of Guinea.
  • myochrous (Reichenow, 1886) - S Sudan to NE South Africa (Transvaal), preferring highlands.

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  • parvus (Lichtenstein, 1823) - Senegambia to Ethiopia, S to S Sudan; also SW Arabia.
  • brachypterus (Reichenow, 1903) - Sierra Leone to NE Zaire, S to Angola; islands in Gulf of Guinea.
  • myochrous (Reichenow, 1886) - S Sudan to NE South Africa (Transvaal), preferring highlands.
  • laemostigma (Reichenow, 1905) - coastal lowlands from S Somalia to Mozambique.
  • hyphaenes Brooke, 1972 - N Namibia and N Botswana.
  • celer Clancey, 1983 - Mozambique to Natal.
  • griveaudi Benson, 1960 - Comoro Is.
  • gracilis (Sharpe, 1871) - Madagascar.
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