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Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

The Barn Swallow is the most widespread species of swallow in the world. In Europe it is called simply “Swallow”. Thought these birds evolved nesting primarily in caves, very few populations continue to do so. Now nearly all nesting takes place on man-made structures.

World-wide there are six recognized subspecies of Barn Swallow. The American subspecies is Hirundo rustica erythrogaster.

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