Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Lesser Striped Swallow (Cecropis abyssinica) - HBW 9, p. 676

French: Hirondelle striée German: Maidschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina Abisinia
Other common names: Striped Swallow

Taxonomy: Hirundo abyssinica Guérin-Méneville, 1843, Ethiopia.
Genus often merged with Hirundo, but DNA studies support retention of separate taxa. Often considered to form a superspecies with C. cucullata, although ranges overlap widely in S Africa. Race unitatis intergrades with nominate in S Sudan and Kenya, and probably overlaps in range with ampliformis in S. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • puella (Temminck & Schlegel, 1845) - Senegambia and Sierra Leone E to N Cameroon.
  • maxima (Bannerman, 1923) - SE Nigeria, S Cameroon and SW Central African Republic; also Bioko (Fernando Póo).
  • bannermani (C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1942) - W & SW Sudan and NE Central African Republic.

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  • puella (Temminck & Schlegel, 1845) - Senegambia and Sierra Leone E to N Cameroon.
  • maxima (Bannerman, 1923) - SE Nigeria, S Cameroon and SW Central African Republic; also Bioko (Fernando Póo).
  • bannermani (C. H. B. Grant & Mackworth-Praed, 1942) - W & SW Sudan and NE Central African Republic.
  • abyssinica (Guérin-Méneville, 1843) - E Sudan and Ethiopia.
  • unitatis (W. L. Sclater & Mackworth-Praed, 1918) - Equatorial Guinea and Gabon E to S Sudan, Kenya and S Somalia, S to C Angola, E Zambia, Zimbabwe, E Botswana, Mozambique and E South Africa.
  • ampliformis (Clancey, 1969) - S Angola and N Namibia E to W Zambia and NW Zimbabwe.