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Tree Swallow -
(Tachycineta bicolor)



  • Small, slim blue or greenish-black songbird
  • White below
  • Notched tail
  • Immatures are dusky brown above
         and light below
  • 5-6" (13-15 cm.)


  • Wetlands, open areas, roadsides

Additional Information

  • Abundant migrant, common summer
  • Early spring migrant, appearing late
         March or early April
  • Nests in tree cavities or nest boxes
  • Lines nest with feathers
  • Eats insects and berries
  • Immatures may be confused with
         Rough-winged Swallows

Comparable Species

  • Rough-winged Swallows
  • Cliff Swallows
  • Barn Swallows

Tree swallow on branch tip showing blue and green of feathers

Tree swallow in profile; note tail feathers and white breast 


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

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