Bank Swallow

(Riparia riparia)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Bank Swallow

NatureServe

N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant, local breeder

Habitat

Steep banks, lakeshore bluffs, open areas

Size

4¾ to 5½ in length

13 wingspan


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Migration

Mid-April to September


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What’s in a Name?
The bird known as Bank Swallow in North America is known as Sand Martin or Common Sand-Martin in Europe and the rest of the world. A proposal to the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU) was made in 2004 to change the New World name to conform to that used in the Old World. The proposal was rejected.


Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Hirundinidae (swallows)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia riparia)

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia innominata)

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia eilata)

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia taczanowskii)

Kamchatka Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia ijimae)

Nile Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia shelleyi)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Bank Swallow (Hirundinidae: Riparia riparia) Preening
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 13, 2010

Photographed at Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (13 May 2010).

 
     
  Bank Swallows Close Up
Larry Jordan
 
   
 
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Published on Jun 8, 2013

This video begins with Bank Swallows (Riparia riparia) digging burrows in a sandy bank, even though there are already many burrows available. Burrows are dug with the bill, feet, and wings as birds cling to a slight projection on the bank face, and dig using their bill in a rapid, slashing motion and feet in a scratching motion. Dislodged material from inside the burrow is ejected with vigorous kicks and wriggling body and wing shuffling movements.

 
     
  Bank Swallow colony in Boise, Idaho May 2013
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Published on Jun 24, 2013

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