1163. Hirundo daurica rufula

(1163) Hirundo daurica rufula.

The European Striated Swallow.

Hirundo rufula Temm., Man. d'Orn., 2nd ed., iii, p. 298 (1835) (Egypt); Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 284.

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Differs from the other forms in having the posterior rump very pale; the neck collar of chestnut is broad and well-defined; the lower parts are fulvous-white, the striae less numerous, finer and a paler brown than in the other forms.

Colours of soft parts as in the other forms.

Measurements. Wing 115 to 123 mm.; tail 91 to 103 mm.; tarsus 11 to 12 mm.; culmen 7 to 8 mm.

Distribution. Western Europe; North-Eastern Africa and Western Asia to Turkestan and Baluchistan. In India it only occurs as a rare straggler in North-West India, into Gilgit, Kashmir and Nepal. Ticehurst also records one specimen from Sind.

I cannot separate Hirundo d. scullii from this race.

Nidification. Similar to that of other Swallows of this species. Witherby gives the average of 61 eggs as 20.0 x 14.3 mm.

Whistler found this race breeding in the Kangra Valley near the Bhuban Pass; three nests were built under ledges of rock. On the 31st May one contained four white eggs just hatching, one contained a fully-fledged young Swift and the third was just ready for eggs.

Habits. Those of the species.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.3 1926.
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1163. Hirundo daurica rufula
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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European Striated Swallow
Cecropis daurica rufula
Vol. 3
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