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Common House Martin

Delichon urbicum

Description:

The Common House Martin (Delichon urbicum), sometimes called the Northern House Martin or, particularly in Europe, just House Martin, is a migratory passerine bird of the swallow family which breeds in Europe, north Africa and temperate Asia; and winters in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia.

Habitat:

The preferred habitat of the Common House Martin is open country with low vegetation, such as pasture, meadows and farmland, and preferably near water, although it is also found in mountains up to at least 2,200 metres (7,200 ft) altitude. It is much more urban than the Barn Swallow, and will nest even in city centres if the air is clean enough.

Notes:

Spotted in the city center of Tomar.

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1 Comment

Brian Parsons
Brian Parsons 9 years ago

Very interesting nests these birds build - thanks for sharing and visiting my posting

Ricardo Salgueiro
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Ricardo Salgueiro

Portugal

Spotted on Jul 12, 2012
Submitted on Jul 14, 2012

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