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Cliff Swallow

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Cliff Swallow
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 6 in. (14 cm)
Colonial nesters, the gourd-shaped mud nests of this swallow are often packed together under bridges, eaves of buildings, cliffs and other shaded vertical surfaces. The Cliff Swallow spends much of the day flying over water and open fields and it specializes on eating insects captured in its short but broad bill during these flights. This species winters in southern South America. The four-digit banding code is CLSW.

Aerial
Aerial

Open water
Open water

Urban city
Urban city

Agricultural
Agricultural

Savanna
Savanna

Marsh / swamp
Marsh / swamp

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