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Cliff Swallow

Cliff Swallow
Cliff Swallow (juvenile)

© Joseph Kennedy

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Family: (Hirundinidae) Swallows

Preferred Habitat: Open country

Seasonal Occurrence: Common in spring; uncommon in summer. Nests in our area.

Notes: Cliff Swallows prefer to nest under bridges, culverts and similar structures, preferably close to water. They are very social and usually found in groups. Their short, square-tipped tails are good identification marks.
- Susan Billetdeaux

Cliff Swallows
Cliff Swallows

© Ben Hulsey, at Hermann Park