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Hirundo angolensis

Hirundo angolensis (*)

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Subsectio: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Eusaurischia
Cladus: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Cladus: Averostra
Cladus: Tetanurae
Cladus: Avetheropoda
Cladus: Coelurosauria
Cladus: Maniraptoromorpha
Cladus: Maniraptoriformes
Cladus: Maniraptora
Cladus: Pennaraptora
Cladus: Eumaniraptora
Cladus: Avialae
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Infraordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Sylvioidea

Familia: Hirundinidae
Genus: Hirundo

Species: Hirundo angolensis

Subspecies: H. a. angolensis - H. a. arcticincta

Hirundo angolensis Bocage, 1868
Vernacular names
Afrikaans: Angolaswael
English: Angola Swallow
español: Golondrina de Angola
فارسی: پرستوی آنگولا
français: Hirondelle d'Angola
magyar: Angolai fecske
кырык мары: Ангола цӹгӓк
Nederlands: Angolese zwaluw
svenska: Angolasvala
Jornal de sciencias mathematicas, physicas, e naturaes ... da Academia Real das Sciencas de Lisboa (1) 2 no.5 p. 47

The Angolan swallow (Hirundo angolensis) is a species of swallow that is native to the Afrotropics.


They measure 15 cm and weigh 16 to 19 g. The plumage of the forehead, throat and upper breast is coloured deep rufous-chestnut. The crown and upperparts are a shiny steel-blue. Flight and tail feathers are black, the latter with large white windows.[2]

They frequent a variety of open habitats up to the fringes of forest, whether altered by man or natural. Their diet consists of a variety of flying insects. They may forage alone or in flocks, and emit a weak twittering. Their breeding season and abundance depends much on their region of residence, and a few undertake migrations.[2]

It is found in Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.

It has been considered conspecific with the Red-chested swallow, but is generally taken as a full species in a species complex that includes Barn, Red-chested, Pacific, Welcome, White-throated and Ethiopian swallows.[3]

There are two subspecies, but intermediate forms occur:[3]

H. a. angolensis – type from Huíla Province, Angola
H. a. arcticincta Sharpe, 1891[4] – East Africa

BirdLife International (2016). "Hirundo angolensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22712272A94326670. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22712272A94326670.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
Turner, A. "Angolan Swallow (Hirundo angolensis)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
"Angolan Swallow (Hirundo angolensis) - HBW 9, p. 666". The Internet Bird Collection (IBC). Retrieved 9 April 2016.
"Angola Swallow (arcticincta)". avibase. Retrieved 9 April 2016.

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