(Northern Rough-winged Swallow)
5-5 3/4" (13-15 cm). Light brown above and whitish below with dusky throat; short, notched tail.
Similar Species- Bank Swallow, immature Tree Swallow
A trilled Brrrrt.
Breeds from southeastern Alaska (rarely) and southern Canad, south through U.S., Mexico, and portions of Central America to Costa Rica. Winters from southern Texas, southern Louisiana, and southern Flroida, south through breeding range to Panama.
Found in open and partly- open situations, especially along watercourses with steep banks and roadside cuts.
Eats insects (e.g., flies, wasps, bees, and beetles).
Swoops low over open ground or water to obtain food. May occasionally scavenge on ground. Burrows in or uses soil for nest. Nests singly or in small, scattered groups. May form loose colonies. sometimes nests in Bank Swallow colonies.
Female incubates 4-8 eggs (usually 6-7), for 15-16 days. Nestlings are altricial, are tended by both adults, and leave nest when 18-21 days old. Female will re-lay if first nestling attempt fails.
|Status:||Protected nongame species|
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