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Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
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Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Note distinct line between face and chin

General Description: Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) 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, Tree Swallows are dark black above and bright white below. The top of the head and upper face is black, and the lower face and throat are white, and the line between the black and white is distinct.

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.

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

Where to Find: Swallow can be found anywhere, but look for them in open marshy areas and over 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.

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) Swallows often perch on utility wires, and when the do, they spread out just far enough so that one can't be pecked by the next.
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Tree Swallow nestlings waiting for food
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Tree Swallow parent bringing food to the nestlings
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Tree Swallow adult; notice blue-black hood; white chin and throat
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Tree Swallow nestlings -- we want more food!
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Tree Swallow parent bringing in bugs
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Tree Swallow parent shoving bugs into a nestling's throat
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Tree Swallow nestlings waiting for more
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
Tree Swallows spaced out along a wire
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
A sky-full of Tree Swallows, Ding Darling NWR, Florida
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
A sky-full of Tree Swallows, Ding Darling NWR, Florida

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