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Bank Swallow
Riparia riparia

Larks and Swallows
Swallow Family (Hirundinidae)

Size: Length: 12-14 cm Wingspan: 25-28 cm

Description: Less common than the rough-winged swallow, the bank swallow is another wetland swallow. It has a dark head, back, wings and tail. Its throat is white, as are the belly. It has a brown band running across the chest. The nest is excavated from the steep banks of rivers, usually near the top of the bank. They tend to nest in colonies with numerous nests built adjacent to one another. At the end of the 60-90 cm long tunnel, they build a nest of grass and feathers. Unlike the northern rough-winged swallow, they usually build a new nest each season.

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