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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 (iridescent navy blue in good light) and lighter below; belly color varies considerably across its extremely wide distribution, ranging from white to orange. Typically nests near people, in barns or under docks and other structures.

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