Swifts (Apodidae)

Nyanza Swift (Apus niansae) - HBW 5, p. 453

French: Martinet du Nyanza German: Braunsegler Spanish: Vencejo de Nyanza
Other common names: Brown Swift

Taxonomy: Cypselus Niansae Reichenow, 1887, Kagehi, Lake Victoria.
Forms superspecies with A. apus and A. unicolor; has been considered conspecific with both, and also with A. barbatus. Race somalicus formerly considered to belong to A. pallidus. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • niansae (Reichenow, 1887) - Eritrea, W Ethiopia, E Uganda, W Kenya and N Tanzania; winter records from N & NE Zaire, NW Tanzania, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.
  • somalicus (S. R. Clarke, 1919) - N Somalia and adjacent Ethiopia; some birds winter in Kenya.

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