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Barn swallow

Hirundo rustica


The commonest swallow. Recognised by pointed wings and tail with long streamers; these are shorter in juvenile and female than male. Upperparts blue-black and underparts white except for brick-red or buff throat and forecrown and blue-black chest band. Sits on wires.


Nests in building, widespread.


These were perched on a wire on the side of the building opposite my house, sitting in the shade.

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Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Jul 30, 2012
Submitted on Aug 9, 2012


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