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Barn Swallow

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world.

In Anglophone Europe it is just called the Swallow; in Northern Europe it is the only common species called a “swallow” rather than a “martin”.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 6 inches
• Tiny bill
• Dark orange forehead and throat
• Pale orange underparts
• Dark, iridescent upperparts
• Long, deeply forked tail
• Juvenile similar to adult but paler underneath with a shorter tail
• Most often seen flying
• Will nest communally in mud nests under bridges, in barns and caves, etc

Similar species:
The Barn Swallow can be told from all swallows by its deeply forked tail.

There are six subspecies of Barn Swallow, which breed across the Northern Hemisphere.

Four are strongly migratory, and their wintering grounds cover much of the Southern Hemisphere as far south as central Argentina, the Cape Province of South Africa, and northern Australia.

Barn Swallow: Have you seen this bird?

Barn Swallow: Have you seen this bird?

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The Barn Swallow is a bird of open country which normally uses man-made structures to breed and consequently has spread with human expansion.

It builds a cup nest from mud pellets in barns or similar structures and feeds on insects caught in flight. This species lives in close association with humans, and its insect-eating habits mean that it is tolerated by man

 

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