French: Martinet horus German: Horussegler Spanish: Vencejo horus
Other common names:
Toulson's Swift (“toulsoni”),
Loanda Swift (fuscobrunneus)
Cypselus affinis var. Cypselus Horus
Subspecies and Distribution
A. h. horus
(Heuglin, 1869) – Ethiopia, CS Kenya and N Tanzania; NW Uganda to Burundi and E DRCongo; Zambia S to S Western Cape (South Africa); more isolated populations in Nigeria, N Cameroon, W Chad, W & EC Sudan, S Gabon, Congo, extreme W DRCongo and NW Angola.
A. h. fuscobrunneus
Brooke, 1971 – SW Angola.
15 cm; 26 g. Small, fork-tailed swift, black-brown with broad white rump-patch, white throat-patch. Differs from A. affinis in larger size, forked tail and... read more
Most common call is a reedy trilled ”prrreeeeoo” or “prrreee-piu”. Very different from A.... read more
Correlates with that of the bee-eaters (Meropidae), kingfishers (Alcedinidae) and martins (... read more
Food and feeding
Termites, flies, beetles and ants recorded. One food ball contained 204 insects: 78 jassid, 1 fulgorid and 5 heteropteran bugs, 5... read more
Breeds Chad Nov–Feb, Sudan Mar–Jun; egg-laying Jun in Ethiopia, Apr–May in Malawi, Aug–Sept in Zambia, all year but... read more
Populations breeding in South African and Zimbabwean high veld winter elsewhere, possibly in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common in suitable habitat over much of range, and abundant in some C Ethiopian highland sites. Range has increased following colonization of... read more
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