White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer) - HBW 5, p. 457
French: Martinet cafre
Spanish: Vencejo Cafre
Other common names: African White-rumped Swift
Taxonomy: Cypselus Caffer Lichtenstein, 1823, South Africa.
Population of N Angola and lower Congo formerly separated racially as ansorgei, but merely one of darkest-headed populations and no longer considered a valid race. Birds of tropical zones (excluding migratory populations in extreme N and S) claimed to average shorter-winged, and are sometimes recognized as racially distinct (streubelii), but variation in wing length apparently clinal, increasing from N to SW. Monotypic.
Distribution: S Spain, E Portugal and C Morocco; Senegambia, N & E Sierra Leone and (probably breeding) NW Liberia, then C Ivory Coast E to Somalia and S to South Africa; S Gabon S to C Namibia (Windhoek). Winter range of migratory populations unknown.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
In flight, across rocky hills.
Locality Daan Viljoen Game Park, Khomas Region, Namibia (Monotypic species)
Fran Trabalon 4 November 2012 2 years ago 4
Bird in flight
Locality Polokwane (Pietersburg), Limpopo Province, South Africa
jmdebruyn 5 November 2012 2 years ago 3.5
Hard to take
Locality Karoo National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 16 November 2012 2 years ago 3
Locality Monfragüe National Park, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
Aleix Comas 17 October 2008 6 years ago 2.7
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