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Bird Details

Swallow Like Swallow Like

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Northern Rough-winged Swallow
copyright Brian Small
Length: 5 in. (13 cm)
Usually solitary or in small groups associated with Bank Swallows, the Northern Rough-winged Swallow makes its nest at the end of a burrow up to 6 ft deep in a vertical bank or occasionally under bridges and wharves but always over water. They feed on flying insects over open fields, savannas and water, but they will catch insects and the ground as well. The four-digit banding code is NRWS.

Aerial
Aerial

Grasslands
Grasslands

Mudflat
Mudflat

Open water
Open water

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Agricultural
Agricultural

Marsh / swamp
Marsh / swamp

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Chirping (sound type)
Bird Call
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Male
Chirping (sound type)
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