THREE COM­MON HIRUNDINES

Bird Watching (UK) - - May Id Challenge -

We have three com­mon hirundines, and telling them apart is easy, given a rea­son­able view (not a dot high in the sky). Here is how to tell them apart at a glance.

Swal­low Blue black up­per­parts Whitish or buff un­der­parts, blue and dark red throat patch Very long tail stream­ers

House Martin

Blue black up­per­parts with strik­ing white rump Pure white un­der­parts from throat to un­der­tail Short forked black tail

Sand Martin

Muddy brown up­per­parts White un­der­parts with brown up­per breast band Short forked tail

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