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Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Habitat:

It normally uses man-made structures to breed and consequently has spread with human expansion. It builds a cup nest from mud pellets in barns or similar structures and feeds on insects caught in flight. This one was found in a small Spanish pueblo in a Mediterranean Shrubland

Notes:

This species is considered an "indicator species" for Climate Change because drought causes weight loss and slow feather regrowth, and the expansion of the Sahara will make it a more formidable obstacle for migrating European birds. Hot dry summers will reduce the availability of insect food for chicks. Conversely, warmer springs may lengthen the breeding season and result in more chicks, and the opportunity to use nest sites outside buildings in the north of the range might also lead to more offspring.



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Monda, Andalucía, Spain

Lat: 36.63, Long: -4.83

Spotted on May 1, 2010
Submitted on May 1, 2010

Spotted for mission

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