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 34 weeks ago 4.5
two birds perched on branch
Locality iSimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa (ssp semirufa)
Tom Heijnen 11 August 2010 36 weeks ago 4.4
a pair on a branch
Locality Kribi, South Province, Cameroon
Bernard Guevorts 28 December 2013 5 weeks ago 4.3
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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