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


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

Tree Swallow


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


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


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


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

Barn Swallow


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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