Bank Swallow

Riparia riparia

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Swallows (Hirundinidae)

Code 4

BANS

Code 6

RIPRIP

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Bank Swallow, which is also known as the Sand Martin, is native to numerous countries throughout the world. The range of this bird is around 10 million square kilometers. The population of this bird is about 46 million individual birds around the world. Currently there is not any concern that the population of this bird will face a significant population decline over the next several years. The Bank Swallow has a current rating of Least Concern as a result of its population and range.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Bank Swallow: Small swallow with brown upperparts, and a brown breast band seperating white underparts from white throat and chin. Tail is notched. Brown legs, feet. The smallest North American swallow. Swift, erratic flight, alternating several shallow, rapid wing beats with short to long glides.


Range and Habitat

Bank Swallow: Breeds from Alaska across northern Canada south to California, Texas, Virginia and North Carolina. Spends winters in the tropics and the in parts of Europe. Generally found near water, both during breeding and in migration. Preferred habitats include riverbanks, creeks, seashores and lakes.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"pret", "trit-trit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Most pairs in breeding colonies lay their eggs at the same time so that they will be feeding nestlings at the same time. This means there will be a large number of adults searching for swarms of insects, which makes it more likely they will find them.
  • The scientific name of the Bank Swallow, Riparia, means “riverbank.”
  • This species originally nested in the steep, sandy banks of rivers but have adapted to using many different man-made excavations.
  • A group of bank swallows are known collectively as a "foreclosure" of swallows.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Bank Swallow

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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