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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
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: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Infraclassis: Aves
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Infraordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Sylvioidea

Familia: Hirundinidae
Genus: Psalidoprocne
Species: P. albiceps - P. antinorii - P. chalybea - P. fuliginosa - P. holomelas - P. mangbettorum - P. nitens - P. obscura - P. oleaginea - P. orientalis - P. petiti - P. pristoptera


Psalidoprocne Cabanis, 1850

Museum Heineanum 1 p. 48

Vernacular names
suomi: Nokipääskyt

The saw-wings, Psalidoprocne, is a small genus of passerine birds in the swallow family. The common name of this group is derived from the rough outer edge of the outer primary feather on the wing, which is rough due to recurved barbs. The function of this is unknown.[1] The birds are 11–17 cm long and black or black-and-white in colour.[2] The genus has an African distribution and all species can be found foraging over forest and woodland.[2] The last part of their scientific name comes from the eldest daughter of King Pandion of Athens, Procne, who was turned into a swallow after tricking her abusive husband.
Species list

There are at least five species of saw-wing. The black saw-wing has a large number of subspecies and many of these are sometimes considered to be separate species.[3] The species, in taxonomic order, are:
Image Scientific name Common name Distribution

Image Scientific name Common name Distribution
Psalidoprocne nitens 1894 (cropped).jpg Psalidoprocne nitens Square-tailed saw-wing Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.
Psalidoprocne fuliginosa 1894, crop.jpg Psalidoprocne fuliginosa Mountain saw-wing Bioko island and adjacent Mt. Cameroon.
Psalidoprocne albiceps 1894 (cropped).jpg Psalidoprocne albiceps White-headed saw-wing Angola, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
Black Saw-wing 2012 02 04 8942.jpg Psalidoprocne pristoptera Black saw-wing across Africa from eastern Nigeria and Ethiopia south to Angola, northern Zimbabwe and northern Mozambique
Fanti Saw-wing (Psalidoprocne obscura) (cropped).jpg Psalidoprocne obscura Fanti saw-wing southern west Africa from Senegal to Cameroon


Perrins, Christopher (2004). The New Encyclopedia of Birds. London: Oxford University Press.
Sinclair, Ian & Peter Ryan (2003). Birds of Africa south of the Sahara. Cape Town: Struik.
Internet Bird Collection. "Black Saw-wing (Psalidoprocne pristoptera)". Retrieved 13 January 2010.

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