Swallows and Martins (Hirundinidae)

White-throated Swallow (Hirundo albigularis) - HBW 9, p. 667

French: Hirondelle à gorge blanche German: Weißkehlschwalbe Spanish: Golondrina Gorgiblanca

Taxonomy: Hirundo albigularis Strickland, 1849, Cape Peninsula, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with H. rustica, H. lucida, H. angolensis, H. tahitica, H. neoxena and H. aethiopica. Birds in N of range sometimes separated as race ambigua on basis of smaller wings and tail, but variation clinal. Monotypic.

Distribution: Botswana and Zimbabwe E to S Malawi and S to S South Africa (except NW); has bred Zambia and Namibia (possibly regular); single breeding report from C Angola requires confirmation. In non-breeding season also N to NC Angola and SE DRCongo and W to Namibian coast.