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
A bird flying
Locality Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda (Monotypic species)
Frederic Pelsy 12 October 2015 16 weeks ago 4.8
In flight, across rocky hills.
Locality Daan Viljoen Game Park, Khomas Region, Namibia (Monotypic species)
Fran Trabalon 4 November 2012 4 years ago 4
Bird in flight
Locality Polokwane (Pietersburg), Limpopo Province, South Africa
jmdebruyn 5 November 2012 3 years ago 3.5
Hard to take
Locality Karoo National Park, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 16 November 2012 3 years ago 3
Locality Monfragüe National Park, Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
Aleix Comas 17 October 2008 7 years ago 2.7
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