Swifts (Apodidae)

Horus Swift (Apus horus) - HBW 5, p. 456

French: Martinet horus German: Horussegler Spanish: Vencejo Horus
Other common names: Toulson’s Swift (“toulsoni”); Loanda Swift (fuscobrunneus)

Taxonomy: Cypselus affinis var. Cypselus Horus Heuglin, 1869, north-east Africa.
Taxonomic status of form “toulsoni” of NW Angola and Zimbabwe is highly controversial, and it has been considered a full species, but is probably best treated as a dark morph within nominate race. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • horus (Heuglin, 1869) - C Ethiopia, CS Kenya and N Tanzania, and NW Uganda to Burundi and E Zaire; Zambia to SW Cape (South Africa); more isolated populations in Nigeria, N Cameroon, W Chad, W & EC Sudan, extreme W Zaire and NW Angola.
  • fuscobrunneus Brooke, 1971 - SW Angola.

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