Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Violet-green Swallow

Violet-green Swallow
The violet-green sparrow is the most colorful sparrow that I have ever seen. Most of their feathers are a vibrant green color, similar to that of tree sparrows.The green is accented by black and purple wing tips and a mostly purple tail. They are found in the western half of North America breeding as far north as Alaska. They spend the winter in Mexico, Central America and northern South America.  
Violet-green Swallow
 The violet-green sparrow breeds in open woodlands.They are a cavity nesters, nesting in tree cavities, rock crevices and old woodpecker holes. They will also nest in more man made items such as under the eaves of buildings, under bridges and sometimes even in nesting boxes. Although they may nest individually they sometimes nest in colonies of up to 50 birds. They also migrate and sometimes feed communally in flocks often mixed with other species of swallow.




16 comments:

photowannabe said...

Such a lovely common bird. I really like the shades of green and purple together.

NatureStop said...

I love that flight shot!!

Shantana

Roger Owen Green said...

pretty bird!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Andrew said...

What a lovely little bird.. your images are fantastic.

mick said...

Beautiful colors on the bird. Great photos.

HansHB said...

Nice photos!
Happy WBW!

Carole M. said...

an absolutely wonderfully coloured swallow; beautiful photos!

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful picture series you run. Wishing you a great Wednesday :) Hanne Bente / hbt.finus.dk

lotusleaf said...

You do show great bird photos for every occasion!I enjoy visiting your blog, though many of your birds are strangers to me.

chubskulit said...

Love the second shot.

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Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Modesto Viegas said...

Nice bird and great shot!!!

Pat said...

A lovely bird!

Kathie Brown said...

A beautiful bird indeed! I used to see them in Utah!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

A Beautiful bird, well taken!

Firas said...

Great shots. I really liked the flight shot! It shows the speed of the moment!

Michael said...

Great shots of an awesome species - note that in your text the word "Sparrow" begs to be swapped for Swallow".