THE STRIATED SWALLOW.
I would again draw the attention of collectors to the need for more specimens of Striated Swallows obtained off their nests. Winter specimens do not help to elucidate the many still unanswered questions about these birds.
Ticehurst has commented on the races of H. daurica, at some length in the Journ, Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc. (vol. xxxii, p. 349, 1927). In this review he lays stress on the great difficulty of defining the races and their breeding areas, but fails, as he says, to help in making these any more clear. The supposed Hirundo d. japonica he unfortunately compares with the far distant Himalayan bird, nepalensis, instead of with daurica, from which I find it difficult to separate it.
H. d. scullii, recorded as a breeding bird on Whistler’s identifica¬tion of some birds found breeding by him in Jhelum as being of this race, cannot be maintained in the present volume, as the specimens are all nepalensis. Scullii was apparently a winter bird shot in Nepal, which may or may not be a good race, but this cannot be discussed in this volume.
In the absence of any further discrimination between the races of daurica and of the areas occupied by them I adhere to my geo¬graphical distribution as given in the ‘Fauna.’