Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Swifts :: Alpine Swift

Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba

Described by: Linnaeus (1758)
Alternate common name(s): Ceylon White-bellied Swift
Old scientific name(s): Apus melba


Thessaloniki, Greece - Aug 8, 2004 © Nick Kontonicolas  Thessaloniki, Greece - Aug 8, 2004 © Nick Kontonicolas  Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa - Nov 10, 2004 © Andy Balinsky  Turkey - Apr, 1997 © Esa Ervasti 
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Moutains of Europe to the Himalayas and s. in India and Africa;
Fragmented distribution;
(1) S. Europe (Mediterranean Basin) to Himalayas.
Winters in n. Africa.
(2) N. Africa e. to Turkey and Israel to s. Russia, Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and nw. India.
(3) Nw. Somalia.
(4) Zaire (Ruwenzori Mountains).
(5) Mostly in the highlands of e. and s. Africa from w. and c. Ethiopia, Eritrea, sw. Arabia, ne. Zaire, Uganda, Rwanda, w. and c. Kenya, n. Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana and sw. Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe and s. Africa.
Ranges to Togo and Gabon.
(6) Namibia.
(7) Madagascar.
(8) Himalayas.
Winters in c. India.
(9) W. peninsular India.
(10) Sri Lanka.
Birds breeding in s. Mali are of uncertain race.


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: ETI BioInformatics


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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