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American Cliff Swallow

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota


Wikipedia: This bird averages 13 cm (5 inches) long with a tiny bill. The adult Cliff Swallow has an iridescent blue back and crown, brown wings and tail, and buff rump. The nape and forehead are white. The underparts are white except for a red face. The tail is square-ended. Young birds are essentially brown above and whitish below, except for the buff rump and dark face. The only confusion species is the closely related Cave Swallow, which is richer in colour and has a cinnamon rump and forehead. Like all swallows and martins, Cliff Swallows subsist primarily on a diet of insects which are caught in flight.


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Susi T-B
Susi T-B 11 years ago

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Kevin Gallagher
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Kevin Gallagher

Santa Barbara, California, USA

Spotted on May 5, 2010
Submitted on Jan 20, 2013

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