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African Swift

Apus barbatus (Sclater, PL, 1866)

The African Black Swift or African Swift (Apus barbatus) is a small bird in the swift family. It breeds in Africa discontinuously from Liberia, Cameroon, Zaire, Uganda and Kenya south to South Africa, and on Madagascar. The breeding habitat is damp mountains, typically between 1,600 - 2,400 m, but less often at lower altitudes. This species feeds readily over lowland, and can form very large flocks, often with other gregarious swifts. Source: Wikipedia




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Order:
  Apodiformes
Family:
  Apodidae
Genus:
  Apus

Scientific:
  Apus barbatus

Citation:
  (Sclater, PL, 1866)

Reference:
  PZS(1865) Pt3 p.599

Protonym:
  Cypselus barbatus

Avibase ID:
  5086F50B49DE0CB5

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/5086F50B

Taxonomic Serial Number:
TSN: 555009

Geographic range:

  • Apus barbatus barbatus: South Africa
  • Apus barbatus glanvillei: Known from two specimens from Sierra Leone (Rokupr)
  • Apus barbatus serlei: W Cameroon (Bamenda Plateau)
  • Apus barbatus roehli: eastern Ethiopia to northeastern Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo; northeastern Angola
  • Apus barbatus oreobates: Zimbabwe and Mozambique (Mt. Gorongoza)
  • Apus barbatus hollidayi: Victoria Falls area on Zambia/Zimbabwe border
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English:
African Swift
Czech:
rorýs kapský
German:
Kapsegler
Danish:
Afrikansk Sort Sejler
Spanish:
Vencejo de El Cabo
Finnish:
afrikantervakiitäjä
French:
Martinet du Cap
Italian:
Rondone africano
Japanese:
minamikuroamatsubame
Japanese:
ミナミクロアマツバメ
Dutch:
Kaapse Gierzwaluw
Norwegian:
Negerseiler
Polish:
jerzyk afrykanski
Portuguese:
Andorinhão petro africano
Russian:
Капский стриж
Slovak:
dážďovník tmavoprsý
Swedish:
afrikansk svartseglare
Ukrainian:
Серпокрилець капський
Chinese:
非洲黑雨燕


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
African Black Swift ( Apus barbatus)
African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
African Black Swift ( Apus barbatus)
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 00:
African Black Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 01:
African Black Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 02:
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Birdlife checklist version 03:
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Birdlife checklist version 04:
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Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
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Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
African Black Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
African Black Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
African Black Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Martinet du Cap ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
eBird version 1.54:
African Swift (African) ( Apus barbatus [barbatus Group])
eBird version 1.55:
African Swift (African) ( Apus barbatus [barbatus Group])
eBird version 2015:
African Swift (African) ( Apus barbatus [barbatus Group])
eBird version 2016:
African Swift (African) ( Apus barbatus [barbatus Group])
eBird version 2017:
African Swift (African) ( Apus barbatus [barbatus Group])
eBird version 2018:
African Swift (African) ( Apus barbatus [barbatus Group])
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
African Black Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.6:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.7:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.8:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
African Black Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
African Black Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
African Swift ( Apus barbatus) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Apus barbatus [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species (sometimes nominal subspecies)

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Apus [barbatus or sladeniae] (sensu lato) by some authors

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Other synonyms


Afrikaans: Swartwindswael
Catalan: Falciot del Cap
Czech: Rorýs kapský
Danish: Afrikansk Sort Sejler
German: Balston-Segler, Kapsegler
English: African Black Swift, African Swift, African Swift (African), African Swiftlet, Bearded Swift, Black Swift
English (IOC): African Black Swift
English (Kenya): African Black Swift, African Black Swift (African)
English (South Africa): African Black Swift, African Black Swift (African)
Spanish: Vencejo de El Cabo, Vencejo Negro Africano
Spanish (Spain): Vencejo del Cabo, Vencejo del Cabo [barbatus Group]
Spanish (HBW): African Swift (African)
Estonian: lõunapiiritaja, lõunapiiritaja e. lõuna-piirpääsuke, madagaskari piiritaja (madagaskari piirpääsuke)
Finnish: Afrikantervakiitäjä
French: Martinet du Cap, Martinet du Cap [barbatus], Martinet du Cap [nominal], Martinet noir africain
Hungarian: fokföldi sarlósfecske
Italian: Rondone africano, Rondone nero africano
Japanese: minamikuroamatsubame, minamikuroamatsubame (barbatus guru-pu)
Japanese: ミナミクロアマツバメ, ミナミクロアマツバメ (barbatus グループ)
Kwangali: Sisampamema
Scientific: Apus apus barbatus, Apus barbatus, Apus barbatus [barbatus Group], Apus barbatus barbatus, Cypselus barbatus
Lithuanian: Afrikinis čiurlys
Malagasy: Fangalamoty, Tsidisidina
Dutch: Kaapse Gierzwaluw, Kaapse Gierzwaluw (barbatus groep)
Norwegian: bekseiler (barbatus gr.), Negerseiler
Polish: jerzyk afrykanski, jerzyk afrykański
Portuguese: Andorinhão petro africano, Andorinhão-preto-africano
Russian: Капский стриж, Стриж африканский
Slovak: dážďovník tmavoprsý
Sotho, Southern: Lehaqasi
Swedish: afrikansk svartseglare, Svartseglare
Swahili: Teleka Mweusi
Tswana: Pêolwane
Tsonga: Nkonjana
Ukrainian: Серпокрилець капський
Xhosa: Ihlabankomo
Chinese: 非洲黑雨燕
Chinese (Traditional): 非洲黑雨燕
Zulu: iHlabankomo

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