Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica – also known as the Hirondelle rustique (French), hirondelle de cheminée (French), Hirondelle des granges (French), Boerenzwaluw (Dutch), Rauchschwalbe (German), Rondine (Italian), Golondrina ranchera (Spanish) , Golondrina tijerela (Spanish), Golondrina común (Spanish), Ladusvala (Swedish), Derevenskaya Lastochka (Russian).
Recognizable by its forked tail and the erratic nature of its flight, the Barn Swallow’s range goes from Alaska and Northern Canada all the way to the southern tip of South America (basically the entire area of both Americas except for the tundra). Barn Swallows can also be found in Africa and Europe.
Although historically they made their homes in caves, they now almost exclusively make their homes in the sides of man-made structures (barns, large piles of dirt from excavation projects, etc.).
Males and females look similar, both possessing the forked tail (not pictured) and the blue/orange combination on the head, back and throat.
Contrast to the Northern Rough-Winged Swallow (no forked tail). See the different colors of the Northern Rough-Winged Swallow, too.
Taken June 9, 2007 with the Canon Digital Rebel XT / 350D and a Sigma 70-300mm Lens in Davenport, Iowa.Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Hirondelle rustique hirondelle de cheminée des granges Boerenzwaluw Rauchschwalbe Rondine Golondrina ranchera tijerela común Ladusvala Derevenskaya Lastochka Canon Digital Rebel XT 350D Sigma lens 70-300mm bird fork forked tail blue orange chestnut