Barn Swallow male 8/23/18

Barn Swallows are leaving and in many areas have already left on their long distance migration to Central and South America. Originally a cave-roosting bird, they became a worldwide species having successfully spread with human developmentā€”taking advantage of open human structures like barns and bridges for breeding, and wires for roosting. They prefer open country near water, catching insect prey on the wing. They have shiny cobalt-blue upper parts, cinnamon foreheads and bibs, and off-white underparts. The long outer tail feathers of adults makes them easy to tell apart from the other North American swallows, and the swallow tails of males are considerably longer than in females.

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