Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Mascarene Martin (Phedina borbonica) - HBW 9, p. 645

French: Hirondelle des Mascareignes German: Maskarenenschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina de las Mascareñas
Other common names: Madagascar Martin

Taxonomy: Hirundo borbonica J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Bourbon = Mauritius.
Forms a superspecies with P. brazzae. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • madagascariensis Hartlaub, 1860 - breeds Madagascar, possibly also Pemba I (off E Tanzania); migrates to E Africa.
  • borbonica (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - Mauritius and Reunion I.