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Violet-green Swallow

Tachycineta thalassina

Violet-green Swallow
copyright Herbert Clarke
Length: 5 in. (13 cm)
This attractive swallow nests in small colonies in cavities of dead trees or cliff edges often high in the mountains. This species will use artificial nest boxes at times. It feeds on insects taken in the air and occasionally from the ground. Frequently seen lined up sitting on telephone wires. The four-digit banding code is VGSW.
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Male
copyright Herbert Clarke

Aerial
Aerial

Fir forest
Fir forest

Open water
Open water

Marsh / swamp
Marsh / swamp

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Male
Twittering (sound type)
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Male
Twittering (sound type)
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