Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cliff Swallow

Cliff Swallow
Cliff swallows are native to most of North America, although they are more common in the western part of the continent. During the winter they migrate to South America. As their name would suggest they are often found nesting on cliffs. In the past this limited their range. However cliff swallows have adapted to human civilization and now nest on many man made structure, such as bridges and building overhangs. This has helped them to expand their range and they can now be found in a variety of habitats.
Cliff Swallow
 Cliff swallows eat primarily flying insects which they catch in flight. They usually feed in groups. These groups can consist of a couple of birds or a flock of 100's of birds. Often swallows will follow another bird who has found a good area to hunt.
Cliff Swallow
Cliff swallows usually nest in colonies. Colonies in western North America tend to be larger than their counterparts in eastern North America. Both male and female build the nest which is made from mud. They will typically have 1 to 2 broods of chicks per year depending on where in the range their nest is located. Some swallows will lay eggs in other nests in the colony. 

6 comments:

KaHolly said...

Such lovely captures of the Cliff Swallow. I've never seen them up close and personal. They are gorgeous!

Margaret Adamson said...

Lovely images of the Swallows

Roger Owen Green said...

what an intense look!

ROG, ABCW

fredamans said...

Charming bird!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

wonder if the are related to the swifts the Chinese get the birds nest from.

Marie C said...

What a beautiful bird it is too...and you got some awesome shots!