(syn. Rhaphidura Ϯ Sabine's Spine-tail Swift R. sabini) L. alter, altera  another  < comp. alius  other; genus Apus Scopoli, 1777, swift; "The third, C. sabini, is blue-black above, the upper tail-coverts white and long, the tail long and square with short projecting spines; the under-surface has the throat dark, the abdomen light: the feet are stout for the size of the bird in this group.  It does not correlate with the preceding, as the tail is more than one-third the length of the wing.  I therefore propose the new name ALTERAPUS with type Alterapus sabini (Gray)." (Mathews 1918) (see Neafrapus and Telacanthura).

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 14 December 2018).