birding-aus Taxonomy of Swifts

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Subject: birding-aus Taxonomy of Swifts
From: "Peter Waanders" <>
Date: Sun, 21 Mar 1999 14:50:49 +1030

>Gil Langfield wrote:
>>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 ?
>I have travelled extensively through India, Nepal, and SE Asia in recent
>years and wasn't even aware of the existence of Apus nipalensis - all my
>field guides mention one species, Apus affinis, often called House Swift,
>but sometimes called Little Swift. This species' range is from Africa,
>Middle East, India & surroundings, SE Asia, Phillipines & parts of
>Peter Waanders

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