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Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica


Glistening cobalt blue above and tawny below, Barn Swallows dart gracefully over fields, barnyards, and open water in search of flying insect prey. Look for the long, deeply forked tail that streams out behind this agile flyer and sets it apart from all other North American swallows. Barn Swallows often cruise low, flying just a few inches above the ground or water. True to their name, they build their cup-shaped mud nests almost exclusively on human-made structures.


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The MnMs
The MnMs 10 years ago

Nice! Now we have many again in our town here in Belgium. Many houses have nests that are used every year by the swallows. We love to see them back :-)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago

stunningly beautiful plumage!

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Hayward, California, USA

Spotted on Jun 1, 2012
Submitted on Jun 2, 2012

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