Barn Swallow (Palau)

Hirundo rustica gutturalis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Swallows (Hirundinidae)

Code 4

BARS

Code 6

HIRRUS

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Barn Swallow has a fairly large range, reaching up to 10 million square kilometers. The population of the Barn Swallow is thought to be around 190 million individual birds. The Barn Swallow is native to numerous countries throughout the world. At the current time there is not any concern that the population of this bird species will face serious decline during the next few years. The Barn Swallow has a Least Concern rating due to its population and size around the world.

SUMMARY

Overview

Barn Swallow (Palau): Medium-sized swallow with glittering blue-black upperparts and red-brown forehead. Breast is red-brown with dark band and belly is white to orange. Tail is short and forked. Female and juvenile are duller and have shorter tail streamers.


Range and Habitat

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Barn Swallow (Palau) SONGS AND CALLS

Barn Swallow A1

"Chi-deep" alarm calls given near nest.

Barn Swallow J1

High-pitched calls from fledglings.

Similar Sounding

Asian House-Martin E2

Calls given in flight.


Voice Text

"witt-witt", "tir-huit", "cheet'

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Barn Swallows have the most widespread distribution of any swallow in the world.
  • The Barn Swallow is the official national bird of both Estonia and Austria.
  • The subspecies found on Palau was first described by described by Tyrolian naturalist Giovanni Antonio Scopoli in 1786.
  • A group of swallows is collectively know as a "flight," a "gulp," a "wedge," a "kettle," or a "swoop" of swallows.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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