Swifts (Apodidae)

Mottled Swift (Tachymarptis aequatorialis) - HBW 5, p. 451

French: Martinet marbré German: Schuppensegler Spanish: Vencejo Ecuatorial

Taxonomy: Cypselus aequatorialis von Müller, 1851, Ethiopia.
Genus Tachymarptis has commonly been merged into Apus, but nowadays increasingly separated; differs in feather lice, foot structure of nestling, large size and tendency towards white underparts. It has been suggested that resemblance to Apus bradfieldi may be more than superficial, hinting at closer alliance between these forms, which were formerly considered conspecific. Races proposed for birds from W slope Mt Ruwenzori (schubotzi) and NW Cameroon (bamendae) not distinct from nominate race and included within it. Includes "Apus reichenowi".. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Cypselus aequatorialis von Müller, 1851, Ethiopia.
Genus Tachymarptis has commonly been merged into Apus, but nowadays increasingly separated; differs in feather lice, foot structure of nestling, large size and tendency towards white underparts. It has been suggested that resemblance to Apus bradfieldi may be more than superficial, hinting at closer alliance between these forms, which were formerly considered conspecific. Races proposed for birds from W slope Mt Ruwenzori (schubotzi) and NW Cameroon (bamendae) not distinct from nominate race and included within it. Includes "Apus reichenowi". Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • lowei (Bannerman, 1920) - Sierra Leone to Nigeria.
  • furensis (Lynes, 1920) - Darfur (W Sudan).
  • aequatorialis (von Müller, 1851) - Eritrea and Ethiopia S to Mozambique and E Zimbabwe; also WC Angola and NW Cameroon (Bamenda).
  • gelidus (Brooke, 1967) - SW Zimbabwe.

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