cliff swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 5 inches
Pale orange rump and forehead (dark in some southwestern birds)
Blackish cap, throat and upperparts
Side of neck brown
Tip of tail squared
Juveniles similar to adults but duller
Most often seen flying
Will nest communally in mud nests under bridges, in barns and caves
The cliff swallow can be told from all swallows except the cave swallow
by its pale rump. Cave swallow has a darker forehead and a paler throat
than the cliff swallow. When viewed from below, the cliff swallow can be
told from other swallows by its squared tail and dark throat.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: N/A
Nest Location: Mid-story/canopy nesting
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 4-5
Length of Incubation: 14-16 days
Days to Fledge: 21-24
Number of Broods:usually 1, occasionally 2-3
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
Su - Summer: June, July, August R
Fall: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February
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Sky Meadows Park
Crooked Run Valley