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Swallows and Martins

This episode is all about birds in the family Hirundinidae. These are the swallows and martins, all of which are aerial insectivores.

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41
Date:
December 23, 2021
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Swallows and Martins

Summary

This episode is all about birds in the family Hirundinidae. These are the swallows and martins.

Other than when they’re nesting, swallows are in the air almost all day long. This aerial lifestyle and that high-speed, erratic flight pattern can make it hard for us earthbound primates to get close looks at swallows.

But these flappy little birds definitely deserve our attention. They have many charms and talents that—with a little patience—we can learn about and see for ourselves.


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Photos of Some Species Mentioned

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor). Photo by William/Adobe.
Cliff Swallows (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota). Photo by Sundry Photography/Adobe.
Purple Martin (Progne subis). Photo by Andrew Reding/Flickr.
Violet-green Swallow (Tachycineta thalassina). Photo by Bob/Adobe.

Attributions

  • Purple Martin sounds (Xeno Canto recordings XC675813 and XC675814)
  • Cliff Swallow sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC468935)
  • Tree Swallow sounds (Xeno Canto recording XC600068)

This work by Ivan Phillipsen is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

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