Birdorable White-rumped Swallow

Today we’re adding a species of swallow to our Birdorable family. Today’s new bird is the White-rumped Swallow!

These swallows are found in parts of Brazil, Argentina, and neighboring countries in South America. Some White-rumped Swallows are migratory; northern birds are sedentary but southern birds will head north for the winter, once breeding season is over.

Speaking of non-breeding season, these usually solitary birds will form mixed swallow feeding flocks in the winter, numbering 100 or more individual birds. They feed on the wing, taking aerial prey like flying ants, dragonflies, and flies.

Tomorrow’s new Birdorable is a species of waterfowl in a family that is named for their calling sound. The species we’re adding has a range over two continents and is named for the color of its face. Can you guess what it is?

Cute White-rumped Swallow Gifts

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr Creative Commons) of the Barn Swallow. Barn Swallows build a nest of mud, often on a man-made structure. Both the male and female build the nest, which is fortified with blades of grass. The nest is then lined with softer material, like grass and feathers. The baby birds hatch after about two weeks of incubation, and fledge from the nest after another three weeks or so.

Barn Swallow nest Colorado Springs 11 July 2010
Barn swallow nest (CC BY 2.0)
Barn Swallow in the Nest
Barn swallow in the nest (CC BY 2.0)
Baby Barn Swallows
Baby barn swallos (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Pointy-haired boss
Barn swallow fledling (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Mama barn swallow feeds her little ones
Mama barn swallow feeds her little ones (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Barn Swallows
Barn swallows (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Barn-Swallow Rauchschwalbe (Hirundo rustica) I
Barn swallow nest (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Barn Swallows 1
Barn swallows (CC BY 2.0)
Baby Barn Swallows
Baby barn swallows (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Young Barn Swalllows
Young barn swallows (CC BY 2.0)
Barn Swallow
Barn swallow (CC BY 2.0)

Cute Barn Swallow Gifts from Birdorable

Birdorable Tree Swallow

For 18 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. Today's bird is the Tree Swallow! Tree Swallows are relatively common North American breeding birds that nest in cavities. They will use nestboxes when natural cavity nesting sites are unavailable. Tree Swallows are extremely agile in flight. They are adept at catching their primary food - insects - on the wing.

Tree Swallow Closeup
Tree Swallow Closeup by Phil Armishaw
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Birdorable Tree Swallow
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Birdorable Tree Swallow
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Tomorrow's bird is a critically endangered bird that is endemic to Bali, Indonesia. Can you guess what it will be?

Cute Birdorable Barn Swallows

Birdwatching has become a delightful pastime for many, bringing joy and a sense of connection to nature. Among the many feathered friends we encounter, one particularly charming and widespread species stands out: the Barn Swallow. This nimble bird, known for its graceful flight and acrobatic skills in catching flying insects, is a marvel of the avian world. 

The Barn Swallow's cosmopolitan presence stretches from the landscapes of Europe and the vast expanses of Asia, to the rich biodiversity of Africa and across the diverse Americas. This bird has adapted to a variety of habitats, making it a familiar sight in both rural and increasingly, urban areas. What's fascinating is how it's intertwined with human structures; it builds its cup-shaped nests predominantly in man-made structures like barns, stables, and under bridges, showcasing a remarkable coexistence with humans.

Apart from their fascinating behaviors and cultural significance, Barn Swallows are visually striking. They are characterized by their iridescent blue back, orange-red throat, and a long, deeply forked tail that makes them easily distinguishable from other birds. Watching a Barn Swallow dart and dive through the air is a mesmerizing sight, a testament to the agility and beauty inherent in the natural world.

Photo of a Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow by marneejill (CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)

Their presence almost everywhere in the world speaks volumes about their adaptability and the role they play in ecosystems. As insectivores, Barn Swallows perform a crucial function by controlling insect populations, benefiting agriculture and reducing the need for chemical pesticides. Their global journey also brings them into the sphere of migration studies, with scientists tracking their movements to understand patterns that have implications for climate change research and conservation efforts.

For those who share their homes and surroundings with Barn Swallows, there's an opportunity to observe these birds up close. Their nesting behavior, especially in accessible structures, offers a unique insight into their world. Observing how they meticulously build their nests, care for their young, and interact with their environment provides invaluable lessons in resilience, community, and the interdependence of species.

Whether you're a seasoned birdwatcher, a casual observer, or someone fascinated by the seamless integration of wildlife into our daily lives, the Barn Swallow offers endless opportunities for discovery and delight. The next time you see a swift, graceful bird darting through the sky or skimming the surface of a water body, take a moment to appreciate the remarkable Barn Swallow. 

The title of this article is actually a quote from a movie in which James Stewart goes out birdwatching and every time he asks his companion "What kind of bird is that?", the answer is always "Barn Swallow!". Do you know what movie I'm talking about? 

Photo of Barn Swallows being fed

Barn Swallows being feed by Becky Matsubara (CC BY 2.0 DEED)

Cute Barn Swallow Gifts