Blog Archive: Swallows

Birdorable Barn Swallow

Baby Birdorable: Barn Swallow

September 18th, 2015 in Baby Birds, Swallows 1 comment

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)
Birdorable Purple Martin

Baby Birdorable: Purple Martin

August 24th, 2011 in Swallows, Baby Birds 2 comments

If you think our Birdorable birds are cute as adults, what about when they are babies? Below are some baby photos (shared via Flickr) of the Purple Martin. Purple Martins nest in cavities, and today they breed almost exclusively in man-made nestboxes, usually arranged communally in a condo-style setup. Clutch size typically ranges from three to six eggs. Incubation lasts from 15 to 18 days and the babies fledge 28 or 29 days after hatching.

Coolest purple martin house ever
Coolest purple martin house ever by tapescraper
Purple Martins
Purple Martins by mauricholas/ Maureen Leong-Kee
Purple Martin Eggs - First Clutch of the Year
Purple Martin Eggs - First Clutch of the Year by OakleyOriginals
First Hatchlings of the Year
First Hatchlings of the Year by OakleyOriginals
Purple Martins, Just Hatched
Purple Martins, Just Hatched by OakleyOriginals
Purple Martins, Days Old
Purple Martins, Days Old by OakleyOriginals
purple martins
purple martins by mmarchin
Purple Martin Fledglings
Purple Martin Fledglings by OakleyOriginals
Fly Purple Martin Fledglings!
Fly Purple Martin Fledglings! by OakleyOriginals
Purple Martin Fledgling
Purple Martin Fledgling by OakleyOriginals
Purple Martins; females and fledglings
Purple Martins; females and fledglings by rengel134

Most of the photos shared here were probably taken by Purple Martin landlords. To learn more about how to help these birds, visit the Purple Martin Conservation Association. And be sure to check out our Birdorable Purple Martin t-shirts and gifts!

Birdorable Tree Swallow

Bonanza Bird #15: The Tree Swallow

July 21st, 2010 in Swallows, Birdorable Bonanza 2010 2 comments
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
Birdorable Tree Swallow Organic Grocery Tote Birdorable Tree Swallow EDUN LIVE Lamb Toddler Essential Crew T-Shirt
Birdorable Tree Swallow
Organic Grocery Tote
Birdorable Tree Swallow
EDUN LIVE Toddler T-Shirt

Tomorrow's bird is a critically endangered bird that is endemic to Bali, Indonesia. Can you guess what it will be?

Birdorable Barn Swallow

What kind of bird is that? Barn Swallow!

November 18th, 2008 in New Birds, Swallows 5 comments
Birdorable Barn Swallows

This new Birdorable spends much of its time in the air catching flying insects. It even gets its water while flying by skimming over the surface and scooping up water with its bill. The Barn Swallow can be found almost all over the world, from Europe to Asia and Africa to the Americas. 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? Barn Swallows build cup-shaped nests in accessible buildings such as barns, stables and under bridges. Look at these cute babies in their nest waiting for mom or dad to come back with a snack:

Barn Swallow By George W Bowles Sr
Photo by georgesr58

Barn Swallow is the answer to yesterday's Spot the Birdorable.