Swifts (Apodidae)

Forbes-watson's Swift (Apus berliozi) - HBW 5, p. 454

French: Martinet de Berlioz German: Sokotrasegler Spanish: Vencejo de Socotora
Other common names: Berlioz’s/Watson’s Swift

Taxonomy: Apus pallidus berliozi Ripley, 1965, Socotra.
Forms superspecies with A. pallidus, A. barbatus and A. bradfieldi. Birds breeding in SE Somalia (Hal Hambo) are apparently intermediate between nominate and race bensoni. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • berliozi Ripley, 1965 - Socotra.
  • bensoni Brooke, 1969 - Somalia; winters S to coastal Kenya.

  • Least Concern
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