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Swifts (Apodidae)

Bradfield's Swift (Apus bradfieldi) - HBW 5, p. 454

French: Martinet de Bradfield German: Damarasegler Spanish: Vencejo de Namibia

Taxonomy: Micropus bradfieldi Roberts, 1926, Namibia.
Forms superspecies with A. pallidus, A. barbatus and A. berliozi. It has been suggested that resemblance to Tachymarptis aequatorialis may be more than superficial, hinting at closer alliance between these forms, which were formerly considered conspecific. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • bradfieldi (Roberts, 1926) - SW Angola and Namibia.
  • deserticola Brooke, 1970 - N Cape (South Africa).

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