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  Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)





Welcome Swallow | Hirundo neoxena photo
Welcome Swallow, Hirundo neoxena, summering in Tasmania.

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Welcome Swallow | Hirundo neoxena photo
Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena) Sherwood, South-east Queensland, Australia

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Welcome Swallow | Hirundo neoxena photo
welcome swallow chicks

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WELCOME SWALLOW FACTS

Description
The Welcome Swallow is blue-black above, light grey underparts and rusty-red on forehead, throat and upper breast. It has a long forked tail

Size
15cm

Habitat
common in many habitats, except dry interior and heavy forest

Food
insects caught in flight

Breeding
The nest is an open cup of mud and grass attached to rock wall or building. Lays 3-5 eggs

Range
widespread in Australia. Less common in far north.

distribution map showing range of Hirundo neoxena in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Hirundinidae
Genus:Hirundo
Species:neoxena
Common Name:Welcome Swallow

Relatives in same Genus
  Barn Swallow (H. rustica)
  Pacific Swallow (H. tahitica)