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Barn Swallow

Hirondelle rustique

Hirundo rustica

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of North American Swallows

B L W W W Family Latin Name
6.75" 17.14cm 15" 38.1cm 0.7oz 19.84g Hirundinidae Hirundo rustica

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Distribution: The Barn Swallow was once far for common than it is today. In the days of the large barns, they were seen in the hundreds, forming large colonies around the structures. Today, different methods are used to store hay and animals, therefore reducing the need for farmyard barns. The swallows are seen from Newfoundland and Labrador, across southern Quebec and westward through Ontario, and the Northwest and the Yukon Territories, including all the prairie provinces. Touching into southeastern Alaska, south through California, east to the Atlantic coast including Florida, and north into Nova Scotia. It is found throughout the country of Mexico.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

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