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Swift, African Black
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Apus barbatus
Africa, Botswana, Central Africa, Comores, East Africa, Eastern Cape Province, Free State Province, Gauteng Province, Global, Ilkeliani, Indian Ocean Islands, Kenya, KwaZulu Natal Province, Lesotho, Limpopo Province, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Mpumalanga Province, Nigeria, North West Province, Northern Cape Province, Rwanda, South Africa, South Central Africa, Southern Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania Read more
Related Reading
The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as locally abundant in South Africa and locally common in east Africa. Race mayottensis is common and race balstoni is common and widespread (del Hoyo et al. 1999). ...
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The nominate South African subspecies is migratory, wintering further north. Other subspecies are resident. Of the other seven accepted forms, the most widespread is the small dark A. b. roehli of east Africa. Two other dark races, A. b. balstoni and A. b. mayottensis, are restricted to Madagascar and the Comoro Islands respectively. It has been suggested that some balstoni migrate to the continental mainland when not breeding, but this has not been proved. ...
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