Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

White-throated Blue Swallow (Hirundo nigrita) - HBW 9, p. 669

French: Hirondelle à bavette German: Mohrenschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina Negrita
Other common names: Little Blue Swallow, West African/White-chinned Swallow

Taxonomy: Hirundo nigrita G. R. Gray, 1845, no locality = River Niger, West Africa.
Sometimes considered to form a superspecies with H. smithii, but substantial plumage and other morphological differences, combined with extent of range overlap in Africa (Congo Basin), make this unlikely. Monotypic.

Distribution: Sierra Leone, SE Guinea, Liberia, and S parts of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin and Nigeria, E to SW Central African Republic and DRCongo (except NE & SE) and S to NW & NE Angola (S to Cuanza Norte, Malanje and Lunda Sul); possibly also extreme W Uganda (R Semliki).

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