Red-chested Swallow (Hirundo lucida) - HBW 9, p. 666
French: Hirondelle de Guinée
Spanish: Golondrina de Guinea
Other common names: African (Barn) Swallow; Gambian (Barn) Swallow (lucida)
Taxonomy: Hirundo lucida Hartlaub, 1858, Casamance River, Senegal.
Forms a superspecies with H. rustica, H. angolensis, H. tahitica, H. neoxena, H. albigularis and H. aethiopica; has been considered conspecific with H. rustica. Paler birds from N part of range of nominate often separated as race clara, but variation probably clinal. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- lucida Hartlaub, 1858 - Senegal and extreme S Mauritania E to SW Niger, S to Liberia, N Togo and Benin.
- rothschildi Neumann, 1904 - Ethiopian Highlands.
- subalaris Reichenow, 1905 - R Congo.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
A perched bird Locality Sine Saloum Delta, Fatick Region, Senegal
Juan Sanabria 1 January 2008 4 years ago 33 sec 4.7
on a wire Locality North Bank Division, The Gambia (ssp lucida)
Daniêl Jimenez 27 December 2011 3 years ago 20 sec 3.8
A bird perched on a branch. Locality Tujering, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp lucida)
Yoel Jimenez 4 November 2014 20 weeks ago 24 sec 3.7
A stretching adult male showing the red chest which is much less extensive than in Barn Swallow.
Locality Makasutu Nature Forest, Western Division, The Gambia (ssp lucida)
Steve Garvie 11 December 2009 5 years ago 4.2
Just after preening
Locality Bolgatanga, Upper East Region, Ghana (ssp lucida)
Arthur Grosset 6 June 2011 1 year ago 3.5
Two birds on a wire
Locality Tanji, Western Division, The Gambia
Klaus Lachenmaier 29 March 2013 2 years ago 3.5
Locality Kaolack, Kaolack Region, Senegal
Hervé MICHEL 1 January 2006 5 years ago 2.3
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