Aerodramus spodiopygius (Peale)
(Aerodramus spodiopygius ingens (Salomonsen))
Vanuatu: Anatom, Erromango, Tanna / 'Tafea' Province
|local name: -|
|size: ca. 10 cm (length)
extinction date: (?)
|The White-rumped Swiftlet
can be divided in eleven subspecies which live in an area that includes
Fiji; New Caledonia; Samoa; the Solomon Islands; Tonga; Vanuatu as well as Wallis
The subspecies that formerly lived on the islands of Anatom, Erromango und Tanna in the south of the archipelago is now extinct, but the reasons for that seem to be unknown.
Another subspecies (Aerodramus spodiopygius epiensis (Salomonsen)) still exists on several of Vanuatu's islands, namely Ambrym, Efate, Emae, Epi, Espiritu Santo, Malakula and Malo, but is extinct on Ureparapara.