New England Swallows

Photo of Gathering of Swallows

Six species of swallows (family Hirundinidae) spend the summer months in New England: Tree, Barn, Bank, Cliff, Northern Rough-winged Swallows and Purple Martins. Weighing just half an ounce, the Bank Swallow is the lightest member of the group. Purple Martins are the heaviest, weighing about four times as much. Depending on the species, they nest in tree cavities, in nest boxes, in culverts, in sandbanks, under the eaves of buildings, on cliff faces, under bridges, and in martin hotels. You can learn more about these species and hear samples of their voices over at All About Birds. (To view the following images in full-size, click here.)

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