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Tree Swallow
Tachycineta bicolor

Larks and Swallows
Swallow Family (Hirundinidae)

Size: Length: 12.5-15 cm Wingspan: 31-34 cm

Description: Our most common swallow, the tree swallow is a common summer resident throughout the Rockies. They are often seen perched on powerlines or branches, or streaming across the sky in quest of flying insects. They are iridescent blue-green above, and white to gray below. In flight, their pointed wings and slightly forked tail identify them as swallows. The violet-green swallow also has a blue-green back, but it also sports a white cheek, missing in the tree swallow. They nest in cavities in trees, but they have also benefited by programs of nest boxes designed to help resurrect the population of mountain bluebirds.

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