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.
This Purple Martin, photographed by snooked, was hunting in Cypress Park, Coral Springs, Florida.
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.
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
The Northern Rough-winged Swallow above was found by Joshua Clark (eagleye).
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.
These Cliff Swallows were collecting mud for their nests. xmailmand found them in June on Barnhart Island in the St Lawrence Seaway.
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!