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Photo by Steve G
Makasutu, Gambia.
Hirundo lucida


Similar Species

Similar to the Barn Swallow, however, the Red-chested has a narrow and/or incomplete collar band, and has much bigger white panels in the tail.


Tropical Africa:
Western Africa: Mauritania, Senegambia, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Niger, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon abd Democratic Republic of Congo
Eastern Africa: occurs only in Ethiopia



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • H. l. lucida:
  • H. l. rothschildi:
  • H. l. subalaris:
  • Eastern Zaire (lower and upper valley of the Congo River) and northern Gabon


Moist savanna and open urban areas.



  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. BF Member observations

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