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Swallow

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“Hirundo Rustica”

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The Swallow is a small bird with a red throat and iridescent blue back, pale belly and long tail streamers.

They eat on the wink and mainly invertebrates.

They measure 17 to 19cm in length

 They have a wingspan of between 32 to 35cm 

They weigh in at between 16 and 25g.

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They fly low over water to catch insects.

They can be seen from March to October.

They nest in outbuildings in nooks and crannies.

They normally have 2 broods per year and sometimes 3.

The male and female are virtually identical in appearance.

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