Barn Swallows in Curl Curl

While walking along the beach path at Curl Curl, I spotted a few little birds perched on the cables overhead. I snapped some shots and took them home to consult my bird book. At first I thought the birds were Welcome Swallows, but then I noticed the black band across the bird’s chest. I think they’re Barn Swallows, which are less common this far down the east coast of Australia.

Barn Swallow on a wire, showing black band across chest

Barn Swallows are widespread across Europe, Asia, and North America. In Australia, they’re mostly seen in north-east Queensland and around Darwin in the north west.

Barn Swallow on a wire

Common name: Barn Swallow

Scientific name: Hirundo rustica

Approximate length: 14-17 cm

Date spotted: 22 March 2020 (late summer)

Location: Curl Curl, New South Wales, Australia: 33°46’28.6″S 151°17’34.1″E

About Sarah Maddox

Technical writer, author and blogger in Sydney

Posted on 2020/03/22, in Birds, Swallow and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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