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Barn Swallow - (Hirundo rustica) 



  • Small, slim songbird
  • Blue-black back and top of head
  • Red-brown throat, orangish belly
  • Deeply forked tail
  • Young has paler belly, shorter forked tail
  • 6.75" (17 cm.)


  • Open areas, farmyards

Additional Information

  • Common migrant and summer resident
  • Builds open-topped mud nests
  • Nests on ledges of buildings, "
         under bridges
  • Eats flying insects, often swooping
         near the ground over open areas,
         including fields and parks

Comparable Species

  • Bank Swallow
  • Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow poses for a picture

Adult Barn Swallow at nest with little ones


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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