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The bird that would soar above the plain of tradition and prejudice must have strong wings.

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Violet-green Swallow: Have you seen this bird?

Violet-green Swallow: Have you seen this bird?

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Violet-green Swallow

The Violet-green Swallow, Tachycineta thalassina, is a small North American swallow.

Their breeding habitat is semi-open areas in western North America from Alaska to Mexico. They nest in cavities in a tree or rock crevice, sometimes forming small colonies.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 4.75 inches
• Tiny bill
• Green upperparts
• White underparts
• White patches on side of rump
• White area extends behind and over eye (male)
• Forked tail
• Female duller than male
• Juvenile dull brown above and may have hint of a gray breast band
• Most often seen flying
• Nests in cavities near water

Similar species:
The Tree Swallow is most similar to the Violet-green Swallow. The Violet-green Swallow has white patches that extend further onto the sides of the rump, a white area that extends behind and over the eye and greener upperparts.

They migrate in flocks to Central and northern South America.

These birds often forage in flocks, usually flying relatively high but sometimes flying low over water. They eat insects including mosquitos, butterflies, mayflies and moths.

 

 

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