|Male red-chested swallow|
The red-chested swallow (Hirundo lucida) is a small non-migratory passerine bird found in Africa, specifically West Africa, the Congo basin and Ethiopia. It has a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings.
It was formerly considered a subspecies of the closely resembling barn swallow, however, the adult red-chested swallow differs in being slightly smaller than its migratory relative, in addition to having a narrower blue breast band and shorter tail streamers; juveniles are more comparable to barn swallow chicks.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Hirundo lucida". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Turner, Angela K; Chris Rose (1989). Swallows & Martins: An Identification Guide and Handbook. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-51174-7.
- Barlow, Clive; Wacher, Tim; Disley, Tony (1997). A Field Guide to birds of The Gambia and Senegal. Pica Press. ISBN 1-873403-32-1.
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