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Bank Swallow

Riparia riparia

The Bank Swallow is a well traveled bird world-round. Only in Australia and Antarctica are these bird absent. Known by various names, in many places it is called “Sand Martin”. Their name is well earned, as they are only known to nest in burrows along sandy banks or bluffs.

North American populations have declined since 1970. The reasons are unclear, but road construction and erosion control measures that destroy suitable nesting habitat are possible culprits.

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