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Cliff Swallow

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota


This handsome bird is about 13 cm (5 in) in length. The back and crown are an iridescent blue. Wings and tail are brown with a buffy colored rump. The forehead is white while the remainder of the face is reddish. The underparts are white. The tail is square.


Cliff swallows are widely distributed across a number of different habitats. These were nesting in prairie beneath a US Fish and Wildlife Service sign overhang. The nest is made up of mud pellets and can be seen in this photo.

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Ava T-B
Ava T-B 12 years ago

Please add this spotting to the Animal Architecture mission at

Gordon Dietzman
Spotted by
Gordon Dietzman

Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jun 8, 2010
Submitted on Feb 26, 2012

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