Swallow Like

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica
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Length: 7 in. (17 cm )
These masters of aerial flight are usually seen agilely swooping overhead in small flocks as they chase flying insects over open fields and savannas. They are so expert in flight, they take baths and drink without landing. Barn Swallows often nest in small groups in or on buildings and bridges where they stick their open mud and straw nest on shaded ledges, eaves or crevices. Their nests are regularly taken over by phoebes and House Sparrows. In the Fall, Barn Swallows will supplement dwindling supplies of insects with berries and small fruits. Some Barn Swallows winter as far south as southern Argentina.

The four-digit banding code is BARS.




Marsh / swamp

Open water

Bird Sound Type: Chirping
Sex of Bird: Male
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: Barn Swallow
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: July 15, 2024
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/barn-swallow

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). Barn Swallow. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved July 15, 2024 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/barn-swallow

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "Barn Swallow". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/barn-swallow

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Dr. Biology. "Barn Swallow". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 15 Jul 2024. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/barn-swallow

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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