Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

Red-chested Swallow (Hirundo lucida) - HBW 9, p. 666

French: Hirondelle de Guinée German: Singschwalbe 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.

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