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Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
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Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

General Description: Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica) are birds of the open sky that feed on the wing and don't often perch where you can get a good look at them. In flight, Barn Swallows are dark black above and rusty red below. The tail is long and forked.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Hirundinidae, Hirundininae.

Favored Habitat: Swallows are birds of the open sky that feed on the wing. They can be found in most habitats as they pass through the Las Vegas area during migration.

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Where to Find: Swallow can be found anywhere, but look for them over open marshy areas and water. Look for them at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, the meadow at Calico Basin, and the pasture at Corn Creek.

Comments: Swifts and swallows can sometimes be hard to tell apart in flight. The key is the way they fly. Swallows flap their wings like normal birds -- both wings go up and down at the same time. Swifts do this too, but they flap so quickly that the wings appear to move in opposite directions with one wing going up while the other goes down -- their flight appears to be more of a swimming motion.

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) If you were a tasty flying insect, this might be the last face you ever see!
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallows are red below, black above, and have a long, forked tail
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallow in flight; not the best photo, but note the pattern: dark head and throat, light belly and forked tail with white triangles.
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallow fledgling
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallow fledgling
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Nestlings nearly ready to fledge
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Nestlings nearly ready to fledge
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Nestlings nearly ready to fledge
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Adult Barn Swallow feeding nestlings
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Notice the mud balls and grass construction. When building the nest, the adults pick up one mouthful of mud at a time.
Barn Swallows (Hirundo rustica)
This species uses mud to build a cup nest under overhangs, such as inside this old building. Notice the yellow lips on the kids.
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallow nestlings; these guys want food -- NOW!
Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Barn Swallow nestlings in mud nest

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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