Birds of St. Charles County, MO
Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica

Size: 7"

Male: (Shown) A sleek swallow with a blue black back, a cinnamon belly, and a reddish brown chin. White spots on long forked tail.

Female: Same as male, only slightly duller.

Juvenile: Similar to adult, with a tan belly and chin, and a shorter tail.

Nest: Female and male build cup nest. Two broods per year.

Eggs: 4-5; white with brown markings

Incubation: 13-17 days; female incubates

Fledging: 18-23 days; male and female feed young

Migration: The Barn Swallow is a migrator and can be found in St. Charles County during the summer months.

Food: Insects. Prefers beetles, wasps, and flies.

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