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Tree Swallow


Tachycineta bicolor 
Swallow family (Hirundinidae)

Back is iridescent greenish-blue, belly is white. Long narrow pointed wings.

Habitat:
Open areas near woods and water.

Nesting:
Nests in natural cavities or in artificial nest boxes. Nest is lined with large downy feathers, often placed so curved tips of feathers curl over and cover eggs. Eggs are white. Clutch size – 4 to 7 eggs.

Voice:

Song is three descending notes followed by a warble.  “Cheedeep” call is given as an alarm call.

Name Origin:

The genus name Tachycineta is from the Greek for "swift mover."  The species name bicolor is from the Latin for "two-colored."

In the Nature Park:
Neotropical migrant, arrives in April, nest in artificial nest boxes near the Quarry Pond.

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