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Northern Rough Winged Swallow
Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Larks and Swallows
Swallow Family (Hirundinidae)

Size: Length: 12.5-14.5 cm Wingspan: 29-31 cm

Description: The rough winged swallow is a common bank nester, excavating a burrow in steep river banks, occasionally reusing old kingfisher nests. Their nest entrances have a rough, elliptical entrance as compared to the smooth, round entrance of the bank swallow burrow. They are brown above, and light brown to gray beneath. They lack any strong markings, which in itself is identifiable. Their tail is slightly forked in flight. They can be distinguished from bank swallows, which share their fondness for river banks, by their lack of a white throat and dark breast band. They often fly close to the waters surface, catching insects as they take to the wing. Since they need the mud and clay banks of river for nesting, they will always be found near water, and are more common in Kootenay National Park than at any location along the eastern slopes.

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