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Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

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Recognizable even at a distance by its extremely long forked tail and dark rump. Spends a lot of time in flight, zipping over fields and ponds in search of insects. Appears dark above (navy blue in good light) and buffy to white below. Typically nests near people, in barns, under docks and other structures.

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