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Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Fairy Martin (Petrochelidon ariel) - HBW 9, p. 682

French: Hirondelle ariel German: Arielschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina Ariel

Taxonomy: Collocalia Ariel Gould, 1843, New South Wales, Australia.
Genus often merged with Hirundo, but DNA studies support retention of separate taxa. May form a superspecies with P. fluvicola, and sometimes considered conspecific. Birds from NW Australia described as race conigravi, but indistinguishable from those in rest of range. Monotypic.

Distribution: Australia (excluding Melville I, Groote Eylandt, much of SW, and Tasmania).