- Strix varia
The Barn Swallow is one of the most widespread birds in the world. It can be found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The global population is estimated at 190 million. It has blue upperparts, a long forked tail and pointed wings.
It is a bird of open country and it normally uses man-made structures to breed by building a cup nest from mud pellets in barns or on other buildings. It feeds on insects and has therefore been tolerated by humans when it shares their buildings for nesting.
|Hatched||Added to Birdorable on: 18 November 2008|
|Scientific Name||Hirundo rustica|
|Birdorable Family||Swallows, Swifts & Larks|
(as of 28 November 2016)
6.7 to 7.5 inches
12.6 to 13.6 inches
0.56 to 0.78 ounces
|Range||West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (West) United States (East) Australia and New Zealand Oceania|