Swallow

Name: Swallow

Scientific name: Hirundo rustica

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 40

What are nature stars?

About: A common summer visitor, arriving in April and leaving in October. Swallows build mud and straw nests on ledges, often in farm buildings. A common bird of farmland. Like the martins, feeds on flying insects.

How to identify: Swallows are glossy dark blue/black above, white below with a dark red forehead and throat and a black band across the chest. The forked tail is very long.

Where: Widespread

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 70
  • Agility: 90
  • Rarity: 40
  • Cute factor: 60
  • Traveller: 90

Fantastic fact: In North America, known as the Barn Swallow

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc


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comments

  • Whiskolis
    • Date: 2014-01-03 18:07:51
    • Whiskolis

    oops Whiskolis

  • Whiskolis
    • Date: 2014-01-03 18:07:18
    • Whiskolis

    I saw a swallow and a swift cross each other's paths at appleton farm campsite while lying on the tent base.

  • Foxonis
    • Date: 2010-08-04 12:38:05
    • Foxonis

    awsome wings

  • Dolphilor
    • Date: 2010-08-03 12:22:24
    • Dolphilor

    Its amazing how they migrate.

  • Ottero
    • Date: 2010-04-21 22:19:20
    • Ottero

    I love swallows, its so amazing that they fly such a long distance!!

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