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Northern Rough-Winged Swallow

Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Northern Rough-Winged Swallows breed near streams, lakes and river banks across North America. “Rough-winged” refers to the serrated feathers on leading edge of the wings of these birds. This feature is only apparent with the bird in hand.

These birds could be confused with Bank Swallows. Not only do they look similar, their preferred nesting sites are also burrows and are sometimes located near Bank Swallow colonies.

Many North American swallow species migrate into South America in winter, but the Northern Rough-Winged Swallow seems to spend these months at higher latitudes between southern USA and Panama.

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