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Welcome Swallow

Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey

Welcome Swallow, Hirundo neoxena 

  • This small bird has dark bluish upperparts, a greyish white belly, and contrasting orange face and neck.

  • In flight, the wings are quite sharp, the v-shape in the tail feathers is often obvious, and the dirty white belly and contrasting rusty neck can often be seen.

  • They are often seen flying fast over and around water, sometimes in mixed flocks with other swallows and martins, and thus identification can be difficult; however, 'welcome swallows' lack the white rumps of the martins.

  • Welcome Swallows can regularly be seen perched on wires.

  • While in flight they may emit a single high 'chip' as they swoop past. They often nest in buildings, under bridges, and even on boats and river ferries.

  • They are found above more open habitat over much of eastern, southern and parts of central Australia, including urban areas and agricultural situations.

  • They are partly migratory, with many migrating from south-eastern Australia, along the east coast into the tropics at colder times of the year.

  • Their small nest is a cup made from mud and grass, lined with softer materials such as fur and feathers, and is often attached under overhangs in caves and human-made structures.

Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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