Australian Biological Resources Study

Australian Faunal Directory


Regional Maps

Genus Hirundapus Hodgson, 1837

  • Hirundapus Hodgson, B.H. 1837. Additions to the ornithology of Nepal. Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 5: 770-781 [publication dated as 1836] [780] [as Hirund-apus, emended here according to ICZN Art. 31(d); also as incorrect subsequent spelling, Hirundinapus by Sclater, P.L. 1866. Notes on the genera and species of Cypselidae. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1865: 593–617 (607); questionably diagnosed but availability established under ICZN Art. 12(b)(6); commonly cited as based on 'Cypselus nudipes' Hodgson, 1837 or 'Chaetura nudipes' Hodgson, 1837—but the new name nudipes was never combined unambiguously in these binomina in the protologue].
    Type species:
     Hirundapus nudipes Hodgson, 1837 by original designation (=Hirundapus caudacutus nudipes Hodgson, 1837).
  • Pallenia Bonaparte, C.L. in Parzudaki, É. 1856. Catalogue des oiseaux d'Europe offerts en 1856 aux ornithologistes. Paris : É. Parzudaki 25 pp. [25] [published without description but based by reference on Hirundo caudacuta Latham, 1802 and available under ICZN Art. 12(b)(5); treated instead as nom. nov. for Pallene Lesson, 1837, preoccupied (type species Cypselus giganteus Temminck, 1825) by Richmond, C.W. 1917. Generic names applied to birds, with additions and corrections to Waterhouse's "Index Genera Avium". Proceedings of the United States National Museum 53: 565–636 (612), by reference to Pallenia Bonaparte, 1857, in Rivista Contemporanea, Torino 9: 212; cf. Mathews, G.M. 1918. The Birds of Australia. London : Witherby & Co. Vol. 7 pt 3 pp. 217–320 pls 343–351 [26 Aug. 1918, volume dated as 1918–1919] (263)].
    Type species:
     Hirundo caudacuta Latham, 1801 by monotypy.




New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

E Asia from Siberia and Japan to India, the Greater Sundas, Philippines and Sulawesi; some species reach Lesser Sundas, Papuasia and even New Zealand on migration; accidental in W Eurasia.

Note that conversion of the original AFD map of states, drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones to IBRA and IMCRA regions may have produced errors. The new maps will be reviewed and corrected as updates occur. The maps may not indicate the entire distribution. See further details below.
IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)
drainage basins and coastal and oceanic zones (map not available)


NSW, Qld, SA, Tas, Vic: Australian Alps (AA), Brigalow Belt North (BBN), Brigalow Belt South (BBS), Ben Lomond (BEL), Broken Hill Complex (BHC), Central Mackay Coast (CMC), Cobar Peneplain (CP), Cape York Peninsula (CYP), Desert Uplands (DEU), Darling Riverine Plains (DRP), Einasleigh Uplands (EIU), Eyre Yorke Block (EYB), Flinders Lofty Block (FLB), Flinders (FLI), Gawler (GAW), Gulf Plains (GUP), Kanmantoo (KAN), King (KIN), Murray Darling Depression (MDD), Mount Isa Inlier (MII), Mulga Lands (ML), Nandewar (NAN), Naracoorte Coastal Plain (NCP), New England Tablelands (NET), NSW North Coast (NNC), NSW South Western Slopes (NSS), Riverina (RIV), Sydney Basin (SB), South East Coastal Plain (SCP), South East Corner (SEC), South Eastern Highlands (SEH), South Eastern Queensland (SEQ), Tasmanian Central Highlands (TCH), Tasmanian Northern Midlands (TNM), Tasmanian Northern Slopes (TNS), Tasmanian South East (TSE), Tasmanian Southern Ranges (TSR), Tasmanian West (TWE), Victorian Midlands (VM), Victorian Volcanic Plain (VVP), Wet Tropics (WT)


Lord Howe Province (14), Norfolk Island Province (21), Macquarie Island Province (24)

Other Regions

Heard & McDonald Islands (Aust. Terr.)

Original AFD Distribution Data

Antarctic Region

  • Heard & McDonald Islands (Aust. Terr.)
  • Macquarie Island (Aust. Terr.)

Australian Region

  • Australia
    • Lord Howe Island
    • New South Wales: Murray-Darling basin, SE coastal
    • Norfolk Island
    • Queensland: Murray-Darling basin, N Gulf, NE coastal
    • South Australia: Murray-Darling basin, S Gulfs, SE coastal
    • Tasmania
    • Victoria
  • New Zealand

Distribution References

History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
12-Feb-2010 (import)