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Bird name:

Swallow

Hirundo rustica

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Swallows (Hirundinidae)

BTO 2

SL

BTO 5

SWALL

Euring 5

09920
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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Green Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Swallow is a summer resident in the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has a "Green" status because of its large, stable population.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

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PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

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SUMMARY

Overview

Swallow: Medium swallow with glittering blue-black upperparts and breast band and cream underparts. Red-brown forehead, chin and throat. Tail is deeply forked with long outer streamers, underside is white marked. Black legs, feet. It is the most abundant and widely distributed swallow in the world.


Range and Habitat

Swallow: Summer visitor throughout the UK and Ireland, less common in the north. Spends the winter in the south of Africa. Arrives in April and leaves in September and October. Preferred habitats include agricultural lands, open country in both lowland and upland areas, marshes, and lakeshores.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Jean Roche Sound

Swallow 2

  • Title: Swallow 2
  • Description: Song a mix of twittering and chattering.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Swallow 3

  • Title: Swallow 3
  • Description: Typical call.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Swallow 6

  • Title: Swallow 6
  • Description: "Whitt-whitt" calls.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Swallow 4

  • Title: Swallow 4
  • Description: Alarm call.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Swallow 5

  • Title: Swallow 5
  • Description: Cries in flight around nest.
  • Recordist: Jean Roche
  • Date Imported: "February 7, 2011"
  • Location: uk

Voice Text

"chi-dit", "chi-dit", "wit-wit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Swallow is the National Bird of Estonia. It is also known as the Barn Swallow.
  • When building the mud nest, both male and female make up to 1000 trips collecting mud.
  • In Act 5 of Richard III, Shakespeare wrote, "True hope is swift, and flies with swallow's wings..."
  • A group of swallows are known collectively as a "kettle" of swallows.

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BACKYARD BIRDING

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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