Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica

– slightly smaller than a sparrow, slimmer and longer winged
– diurnal migrant
– migrates singly, or (more regularly) in small, rather loose flock
– at roosts several hundreds to thousands may flock


Barn Swallow Hirundo r. rustica, M AD
BIF0432, 09/08/2013, Prignitz, Germany, Mathias Putze


Barn Swallow Hirundo r. rustica, M AD
BIF0433, 09/08/2013, Prignitz, Germany, Mathias Putze


Barn Swallow Hirundo r. rustica, M AD
BIF0434, 09/08/2013, Prignitz, Germany, Mathias Putze


Barn Swallow Hirundo r. rustica, 1CY
BIF0435, 09/08/2013, Prignitz, Germany, Mathias Putze


Barn Swallow Hirundo r. rustica, 1CY
BIF0504, 11/07/2010, Valencia, Spain, Mathias Putze


Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica tytleri, AD F
BIF1963, 08/06/2016, Hatgal, Mongolia, Mathias Putze


Barn Swallow Hirundo r. rustica, AD, call in flight
BIF0436, 14/08/2008, Tenneloh, Germany, Patrick Franke


Barn Swallow Hirundo r. rustica, AD, JUV, call in flight
BIF2222, 26/07/2017, Krienke, Germany, Patrick Franke


Barn Swallow Hirundo r. rustica, AD, JUV, call in flight
BIF2223, 26/07/2017, Krienke, Germany, Patrick Franke


Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica tytleri, AD, call in flight
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea, call
Pied Avocet recurvirostra avocetta, excitement call
BIF2224, 08/06/2013, Tsagaan Nuur, Mongolia, Patrick Franke

voice:
– short, monosyllabic, steeply upslurred calls, uttered singly or in series
– may also sing during (spring) migration
– differences between AD and JUV discernable with naked ears (AD like ‘tshet’, JUV more like ‘tshit’) – JUV calls usually less steep

comparison species:
Red-rumped Swallow
Common House Martin

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