Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Pearl-breasted Swallow (Hirundo dimidiata) - HBW 9, p. 669

French: Hirondelle à gorge perlée German: Perlbrustschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina Perlada

Taxonomy: Hirundo dimidiata Sundevall, 1850, Leroma, Transvaal, South Africa.
In the past was sometimes placed with H. leucosoma and H. megaensis in a separate genus Hemicecrops, and has been thought by some authors to form a superspecies with those. Races poorly differentiated. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • marwitzi Reichenow, 1903 - Angola, S DRCongo, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, NE South Africa and W Mozambique.
  • dimidiata Sundevall, 1850 - Namibia and Botswana S to the Cape.

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