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Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica

Larks and Swallows
Swallow Family (Hirundinidae)

Size: Length: 14.5-19.5 cm Wingspan: 32-34 cm

Description: One of our most well-known swallows, the barn swallow's name is well earned. It prefers to nest in urban areas, building a mud nest under the eaves of buildings, bridges, or rocky outcrops. They often nest in colonies. They are easily identified in flight by their deeply forked tail. No other swallow has such a pronounced fork. Their back, wings, tail, nape and crown are deep blue-black. Their forehead and throat are reddish-brown. Their breast and belly are rust to buff coloured. There is a faint black collar around the neck. Cliff swallows, which appear similar, have a light buff coloured rump patch, clearly visible in flight. They also lack the deep fork in the tail.

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