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 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 4 years ago 4
Just after preening
Locality Bolgatanga, Upper East Region, Ghana (ssp lucida)
Arthur Grosset 6 June 2011 33 weeks ago 3.5
Two birds on a wire
Locality Tanji, Western Division, The Gambia
Klaus Lachenmaier 29 March 2013 1 year ago 3.5
Locality Kaolack, Kaolack Region, Senegal
Hervé MICHEL 1 January 2006 4 years ago 2.3
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