A Scrapbook of Bird Identifications - Swallows

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Swallows are small, have forked tails, fly very fast (often over water) catching insects on the wing, and can often be seen in large numbers on telephone wires.

Barn Swallow

red face, orange chest and belly
Cliff Swallow

dark above, light below, pale collar, dark cap and throat, red face, short, square tail and buffy rump
Northern Rough-winged Swallow

plain brown, buffy throat, short, square tail
Purple Martin

male (completely blue-black)

female (dark with smudgy markings below)
Tree Swallow

wing tips reach tail tip

blue-green back, gray-brown wings, white front


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