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
Two birds collecting mud for nest building Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
Roland Bischoff 31 October 2009 4 years ago 51 sec 4.3
A bird perched on a wire, preening. Locality Mkuze Game Reserve, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp semirufa)
Keith Blomerley 20 October 2004 1 year ago 21 sec 4
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Adult bird flying
Locality Kruger National Park, South Africa
GunnarPettersson 23 November 2009 1 year ago 4.7
Locality Satara Camp, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Markus Lilje 11 November 2014 19 weeks ago 4.3
One of several birds perched on wire fence
Locality Nylsvley Nature Reserve, Limpopo Province, South Africa
Peter Boesman 2 February 2013 2 years ago 4.3
two birds perched on branch
Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp semirufa)
Tom Heijnen 11 August 2010 2 years ago 4.2
A bird perched on a bush
Locality Hwange National Park, Matabeleland North Province, Zimbabwe (ssp semirufa)
Laurent Demongin 25 September 2004 7 years ago 4
A bird perched on a wire
Locality Libreville, Estuaire Province, Gabon
Paul van Giersbergen 22 September 2013 46 weeks ago 3.9
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