816. Hirundo erythrogastra.
The American Swallow.
Hirundo erythrogaster, Bodd. Tall. Pl. Enl p. 45 (1783) Hirundo horreorum, Bart. Fragm. Nat. Hist. p. 17 (1799); Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 42; Hume, Cat no. 82 quint.; Oates, B. B. i, p. 303. Hirundo erythrogastra, Bodd., Sharpe, Cat. B. M. x, p. 137.
Coloration. Resembles tytleri, and like it-has an interrupted pectoral band, but the plumage below the band is pale rufous, whereas the chin, throat, and middle of the breast are chestnut.
Of the same size as H. tytleri.
Distribution. The only specimens of this species that I have seen from within Indian limits are two procured by myself in February, one at Toungngoo and one at Pegu. The former is adult and the latter young. There are two typical adult specimens from Cochin China in the British Museum.
This Swallow is found in Eastern Asia and over the whole of the continent of America as far south as Brazil.