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Cliff Swallow -
(Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)



  • Small, songbird
  • Dark above with pale rump and pale
  • White below, dark throat
  • Square tail
  • 5.5" (14 cm.)


  • Open areas, lakes, rivers for foraging
  • Nesting habitat -- buildings, bridges, cliffs

Additional Information

  • Common migrant, fairly common
         summer resident
  • Colonial nester --multiple nests in one area
  • Often build nests on the under side of
         bridges and under barn eaves,
         also on natural cliff sites
  • Nests are made of mud and are nearly enclosed, with a small hole for
         entrance and exit

Comparable Species

  • Barn Swallow
  • Bank Swallow

Group of Cliff Swallows on a mud flat

Cliff Swallow peeking out from nest


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

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