Swifts (Apodidae)

White-collared Swift (Streptoprocne zonaris) - HBW 5, p. 422

French: Martinet à collier blanc German: Halsbandsegler Spanish: Vencejo Acollarado
Other common names: Collared/Antillean Cloud/Giant White-collared/Ringed Swift

Taxonomy: Hirundo zonaris Shaw, 1796, Brazil.
Recent research has shown that race albicincta is far more restricted in range than previously thought. Nine subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • mexicana Ridgway, 1910 - S Mexico to Belize.
  • bouchellii Huber, 1923 - Nicaragua to Panama.
  • pallidifrons (Hartert, 1896) - Greater Antilles and locally in Lesser Antilles (Saba, Grenadines, Grenada).

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  • mexicana Ridgway, 1910 - S Mexico to Belize.
  • bouchellii Huber, 1923 - Nicaragua to Panama.
  • pallidifrons (Hartert, 1896) - Greater Antilles and locally in Lesser Antilles (Saba, Grenadines, Grenada).
  • minor (Lawrence, 1882) - Cordillera of coastal N Venezuela, recorded to Trinidad.
  • albicincta (Cabanis, 1862) - lowland Venezuela (S of Andes and cordilleras), Guyana and possibly Surinam and French Guiana.
  • subtropicalis Parkes, 1993 - middle elevations in Andean highlands from Mérida (Venezuela) and Colombia to Peru.
  • altissima Chapman, 1914 - high elevations of Andes in Colombia and Ecuador.
  • kuenzeli Niethammer, 1953 - high elevations of Bolivian Andes and NW Argentina.
  • zonaris (Shaw, 1796) - S Brazilian and Bolivian lowlands, and C & E Paraguay.