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Bank Swallow

Riparia riparia


The Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) is a migratory passerine bird in the swallow family. It has a wide range in summer, embracing practically the whole of Europe and the Mediterranean countries, part of northern Asia and also North America. It winters in eastern and southern Africa, South America and South Asia. It is known as Bank Swallow in North America, and as Collared Sand Martin in South Asia, and sometimes as European Sand Martin.


This colony of Bank Swallows is very rare in our area of California.

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California, USA

Spotted on May 15, 2013
Submitted on Jun 19, 2013

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