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Violet-green Swallow
Tachycineta thalassina

Larks and Swallows
Swallow Family (Hirundinidae)

Size: Length: 14 cm

Description: Common along the western slopes, particularly in Yoho and Kootenay National Parks, the violet-green swallow is uncommon in Banff and Jasper National Parks. It has a iridescent blue-green crown, nape, back and wings. The cheek is white which is the most distinctive feature of this swallow. The underside is white. The tail is slightly forked. They love to forage high above the ground, often flying in excess of 30 m. in quest of flying insects. They look to crevices, cliff ledges, tree cavities and bird houses for nesting. They are social, and may nest in colonies if there are enough nest sites. They may also nest near tree swallows, often being mistaken for this more common swallow..

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