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Cliff Swallow
Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Larks and Swallows
Swallow Family (Hirundinidae)

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

Description: Another common swallow, the cliff swallow has developed a great fondness for the rafters of the Chateau Lake Louise, often buzzing visitors as they make their way towards the main entrance. Cliff swallows have a dark crown and throat, buff forehead, and rust coloured cheeks. The back, wings and tail are dark brown, and there is a light buff patch visible on the rump. This is the most easily identified feature in flight. It is also our only swallow which lacks any fork in the tail. The mud nests are gourd shaped, with a circular entrance. They are made of mud, and usually placed under the protection of cliffs, bridges, and the eves of buildings. Very social, they prefer to nest in large colonies, often with 100 or more nesting pairs.

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