barn swallow (Hirundo rustica)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 6 inches
Dark orange forehead and throat
Pale orange underparts
Dark, iridiscent upperparts
Long, deeply forked tail
Juvenile similar to adult but paler underneath with a shorter tail
Most often seen flying
Will nest communally in mud nests under bridges, in barns and caves
The barn swallow can be told from all swallows by its deeply forked tail.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: N/A
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 4-5
Length of Incubation: 13-17 days
Days to Fledge: 18-23
Number of Broods: 2
Diet: Exclusively insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May C
Su - Summer: June, July, August C
Fall: September, October, November R
Winter: December, January, February
Calendar of Events
Sky Meadows Park
Crooked Run Valley