BIRD 5

Bird Watching (UK) - - May Id Challenge -

This bird looks to be al­most ‘chunky’, or as chunky as any bird in this group of long-winged aerial masters can be. It is neat and com­pact, with not par­tic­u­larly long wings, sug­gest­ing it is not a swift species but rather a hirun­dine. The over­all colour is brown and white, with brown show­ing par­tic­u­larly in the face and white un­der­parts. There is also a brown breast band, con­trast­ing with the rest of the un­der­parts, in­clud­ing the white throat. This com­bi­na­tion of colour and pat­tern is unique among our hirundines, and be­longs to the Sand Martin. The small­est of our swal­lows, the Sand Martin is usu­ally the ear­li­est to ar­rive in the UK (from March on­wards).

KEY FEA­TURES †Like Bird 2, brown and white †White belly with brown band on up­per breast †Martin/swal­low like, al­most ‘chunky’ struc­ture †Pale un­der­tail coverts

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