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Barn (European) Swallow
A swallow with glossy-blue back upperparts, which is very common
in summer. Size 20cm - About as big as a Cape Sparrow.
As with other swallows, the bill is
short and weak, with a very wide gape. The bill is black, as are the
legs and feet.
The upperparts are a dark metallic blue, with a rufous forehead. The
throat is rufous, and there is a clear dark collar separating the
throat from the upper breast. Below the collar, the underparts are
creamy white or buff. The tail usually has long outer retrices, and
is forked. There are white windows in the tail.
The Barn Swallow is a very common summer migrant, which is found
throughout the country. It arrives in September and numbers increase
until the end of November. Birds start departing in March, and are
often seen in large flocks on telephone wires. It eats insects,
caught on the wing.
The Barn Swallow has various high-pitched twittering sounds, as well
as odd "creaking" sounds.
It does not breed in Southern Africa, but breeds in Europe and Asia.
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