Superb photos of seven swallows

8/6/2014 | 0

David Sibley included a dozen species from the family Hirundinidae (swallows and martins) in the second edition of The Sibley Guide to Birds. To date, visitors to our photo galleries have posted pictures of 7 of the 12, including the photos below.

Read our interview with David Sibley about his Guide to Birds.

Purple Martin

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This Purple Martin, photographed by snooked, was hunting in Cypress Park, Coral Springs, Florida.

Tree Swallow

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Photographer Bernadette Banville (bernadette21) says the shiny Tree Swallow above flew so close to her boyfriend’s head that he had to stop mowing the lawn.

Violet-green Swallow

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This Violet-green Swallow was trying to pick up a large goose feather. Laure Wilson Neish photographed it in Penticton, British Columbia.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow_660x839The Northern Rough-winged Swallow above was found by Joshua Clark (eagleye).

Bank Swallow

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This Bank Swallow was one of a dozen swallows that palemarcher found at the Knox-Marcellus Marsh at the northern end of New York’s Montezuma NWR.

Cliff Swallows

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These Cliff Swallows were collecting mud for their nests. xmailmand found them in June on Barnhart Island in the St Lawrence Seaway.

Barn Swallow

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Jeff Reiter spotted this pretty Barn Swallow at Cantigny golf course in Wheaton, Illinois.

So what are the five swallow species that aren’t represented yet in our galleries? They’re Brown-chested and Common House Martin, and Mangrove, Bahama, and Cave Swallows. If you have a picture, please share it!

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