Swallow - Hirundo rustica Hirundo rustica


Size: 8 inches (20 cm) including tail streamers.
Habitat: Summer visitor only. Nests in farm buildings.
Feeding: Flying insects, dragonflies and butterflies.
Eggs: 3 - 6 white eggs speckled with red-brown laid May to August, incubation 15 days


Swallows are the harbinger of summer when they arrive in Britain after wintering in Africa. They start to arrive at the end of March or early April.

Swallows are closely related to martins, but are bigger with 2 long tail streamers. They have dark blue backs, pale underparts and a red face.  The female's tail is shorter than the male's.

Swallow - Hirundo rustica


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