Sri Lanka Swallow / Cecropis hyperythra

Sri Lanka Swallow / Cecropis hyperythra

Sri Lanka Swallow

SCI Name:  Cecropis hyperythra
Protonym:  Hirundo hyperythra J.Asiat.Soc.Bengal Vol. 18, Part 2, N° 32 p. 814-815
Taxonomy:  Passeriformes / Hirundinidae /
Taxonomy Code:  srlswa1
Type Locality:  Ceylon.
Publish Year:  1849
IUCN Status:  


(Hirundinidae; Ϯ Greater Striped Swallow C. cucullata) Gr. Κεκροπις Kekropis  Athenian woman. Seemingly despite its generic appellation the Greater Striped Swallow breeds in southern Africa, but the epithet reflects the use of Attic place names and proper names for swallows (see Atticora); "I. Fam. Hirundinidae Vigors.  Hirundo Lin.  ...   Cecropis. Hir. capensis Gm.; rustica Gm. u.s.w." (Boie 1826); "Cecropis Boie, 1826, Isis von Oken, Heft 10, col. 971. Type, by subsequent designation, Hirundo capensis Gmelin = Hirundo cucullata Boddaert (Salvadori, 1881, Orn. Pap. Mol., pt. 2, p. 1)." (Peters, 1960, IX, p. 113).    
Var. Acropis, Cercropis.   
Synon. Baruwaia, Herophilus, Lillia, Phoenichelidon.

hyperythra / hyperythrus
● Gr. ὑπο hupo  beneath; ερυθρος eruthros  red.
● Gr. ὑπερυθρος huperuthros  reddish  < ὑπο hupo  somewhat; ερυθρος eruthros  red.