Barn Swallow - Male and females

In winter you can notice swallows are flying here and there with a bright blue upperpart and off-white underparts, outer tail feathers are elongated, giving the distinctive deeply forked "swallow tail." along with line of white spots across the outer end of the upper tail; it can be confused with resident “Wire-tailed swallow” But what makes it Barn Swallow is a distinctive combination of a rufous forehead, chin and throat, which are separated from the off-white underparts by a broad dark blue breast band render. Females are similar to the male to some extant but the tail streamers are shorter; the blue of the upperparts and breast band is less glossy. The 1st winter / juveniles are browner and have a paler rufous / whitish face and whiter underparts. It also lacks the long tail streamers. I was sitting there and enjoying the company of this little migratory beauties they were flying on very low height around 05-08 fit, hawking on flying insects making cheerful songs like su-seer with the higher note than the first but falling in pitch. Suddenly some birds start making alarm calls include a sharp siflitt, and in few seconds whole group was vanished from the wintering ground. Kuldeep Shukla

Kuldeep Shukla

has 77 photos, 8 trips and 520 observations.

Was added on February 5, 2014, taken on February 2, 2014. Camera used Canon Eos 60d from Canon with a shutter speed of 1/640 Sec and aperture f 6.3, at a focal length of 500 mm. This picture was viewed 505 times.


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