birding-aus Taxonomy of Swifts

Subject: birding-aus Taxonomy of Swifts
From: Gil Langfield <>
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 1999 16:39:07 +1000

Can somebody please tell me what has happened to Apus nipalensis ?  My
BirdBase for Windows program calls A. nipalensis the House Swift and
BirdArea has it appearing in Nepal and the Indian subcontinent generally.
A. affinis (which it calls the Little Swift) appears over much the same
area but into Africa as far as South Africa and through SE Asia to
Australia.  Has A. nipalensis been lumped into A. affinis ?

If my new Hanzab had arrived, I may not have had to ask this question.


Gil Langfield
Melbourne, Australia

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