Phedina brazzae

PHEDINA BRAZZAE, Oustalet.
DE BRAZZA'S STRIPED SWALLOW.
Phedina brazzoe, Oustalet, Le Naturaliste, July 1886, p. 300.
P. similis P. madagascariensi, sed subtus omnino alba, nigro striolata, gntture minime cineraceo distinguenda.
Hab. in regione Congica Afrieae occidentalis.
Adult male. All the upper surface of the body silky brown, slightly glossed with green on the wings and tail, and slightly streaked in an irregular manner with brown on the head and back ; the chin, throat, and abdomen are of a silvery white, with very well-defined brown streaks on the centre of the feathers. These streaks, very fine on the throat and breast, become rather larger on the flanks, and especially on the under tail-coverts ; they are also distinguishable, but less distinctly marked, on the under wing-coverts : “bill, feet, and iris bronze” (De Brazza). Total length about 7 inches, wing 3.9, tail 2.2. (E. Oustalet.)
Hab. Ngancion station, River Congo.
The discovery of a species of Phedina in the Congo Region is a very interesting fact, as the genus has hitherto been supposed to be peculiar to Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands.
When we were in Paris last we had only time to lake a hurried look at the type of P. brazzoe, and were not aide to compare it critically with P. borbonica ; but it certainly appeared to be a true Phedina, and quite distinct from P. borbonica and P. madagas¬cariensis. It is a much smaller bird than the two last-named species, and has no grey on the throat, the under surface being entirely white with blackish streaks.
The type specimen, marked a male, was obtained by M. de Brazza al a post called Ganein or Ngancion, on the Congo, on the 19th of July, 1884.
The figure in the Plate has been drawn from a sketch of the typical specimen made for us by Mr. Keulcmaus when he was last in Paris. The description has been translated from the original one of Dr. Oustalet.
For the geographical distribution of this species, vide infra, Plate 13 [Map].

BookTitle: 
A Monograph Of The Hirundinidae Or Family Of Swallows.
Reference: 
Sharpe, Richard Bowdler, and Claude Wilmott Wyatt. A Monograph of the Hirundinidae: Or Family of Swallows. Vol. 1. 1894.
Title in Book: 
Phedina brazzae
Spp Author: 
Oustalet
Book Author: 
Richard Bowdler
Year: 
1894
Page No: 
207
Common name: 
De Brazzas Striped Swallow
M_ID: 
22395
M_CN: 
Brazza's Martin
M_SN: 
Phedina brazzae
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
9871

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