Rufous-chested Swallow (Cecropis semirufa) - HBW 9, p. 676
French: Hirondelle à ventre roux
Spanish: Golondrina Pechirrufa
Other common names: Red-breasted Swallow
Taxonomy: Hirundo semirufa Sundevall, 1850, Magliesburg, Transvaal, South Africa.
Genus often merged with Hirundo, but DNA studies support retention of separate taxa. Forms a species group with C. senegalensis. Individuals in S part of range of gordoni proposed as separate race neumanni; further study needed. Nominate varies clinally in tail length in SW, longest in S. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- gordoni (Jardine, 1851) - Senegambia and Sierra Leone E to CW & S Sudan, Uganda, SW Kenya, extreme NW & N Tanzania and Rwanda, S to N Angola and C DRCongo.
- semirufa (Sundevall, 1850) - SW, C & E Angola, and from S DRCongo, Zambia and W Malawi S to N Namibia, N & E Botswana, NE South Africa and Swaziland.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
PhotosSee all 12 photos
One of several birds perched on wire fence
Locality Nylsvley Nature Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Peter Boesman 2 February 2013 37 weeks ago 4.3
a pair on a branch
Locality Kribi, South Province, Cameroon
Bernard Guevorts 28 December 2013 9 weeks ago 4.3
two birds perched on branch
Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp semirufa)
Tom Heijnen 11 August 2010 40 weeks ago 4.2
A bird perched on a bush
Locality Hwange National Park, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe (ssp semirufa)
Laurent Demongin 25 September 2004 5 years ago 4
A resting pair
Locality Pilanesberg National Park, North West Province, South Africa
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 10 April 2011 2 years ago 3.8
Bird perched on fench
Locality Polokwane (Pietersburg), Limpopo Province, South Africa
jmdebruyn 11 January 2013 1 year ago 3.7
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