Barn Swallow

(Hirundo rustica)

Conservation Status
Barn Swallow
Photo by Bill Reynolds
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

6¾ to 7 in length

15 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Open areas with bridges, culverts, and buildings near rivers, lakes, marshes, or ponds

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Early April to late October

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common to abundant migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Passeriformes (perching birds)  
 

Family

Hirundinidae (swallows and martins)  
 

Genus

Hirundo (barn swallows)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

American Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster)

Amur Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica gutturalis)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica saturata)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica mandschurica)

Egyptian Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica savignii)

Eurasian Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica rustica)

Levant Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica transitiva)

Tytler’s Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica tytleri)

 
       
 

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Barn Swallow chicks

These three chicks are new to the air. Watched all morning as they circled above with their parents leading the way. They would take many breaks as their time in the air wore on; the roof of the house, the rain gutters, the satellite dish and finally on the clothes line where these photos were taken

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Barn Swallow Chick

 
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Kirk Nelson

 
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Nest

 
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Nestlings

 
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About

Hirundo rustica

 
     

 

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Other Videos
 
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The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow in the world

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De boerenzwaluw (Hirundo rustica) is een kleine trekvogel ook wel zwaalf genoemd. Verzamelen modder voor hun nesten.

 
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Hirondelle rustique adulte & juvénile filmées en France

 
  Barn Swallow (Hirundinidae: Hirundo rustica) Feeding Young
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 7, 2009

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (07 July 2009).

 
       

 

Camcorder

 
 
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  Bill Reynolds
7/26/2021

Location: Pennington Co MN

These three chicks are new to the air. Watched all morning as they circled above with their parents leading the way. They would take many breaks as their time in the air wore on; the roof of the house, the rain gutters, the satellite dish and finally on the clothes line where these photos were taken.

Barn Swallow  
  Kirk Nelson
5/23/2021

Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Barn Swallow  
  Bill Reynolds
10/11/2013

Location: Pennington Co.

Barn Swallow  
           
 
MinnesotaSeasons.com Sightings
 
 

Afton State Park

Antelope Valley SNA

Blaine Preserve SNA

Blaine Wetland Sanctuary

Bonanza Prairie SNA

Buck Family Memorial WMA

Carver Park Reserve

Clinton Prairie SNA

Edward Velishek Memorial WMA

Felton Prairie SNA, Bicentennial Unit

Foxhome Prairie

Glynn Prairie SNA

Great River Bluffs State Park

Grey Cloud Dunes SNA

Hastings SNA

Hole-in-the-Mountain Prairie

Holthe Prairie SNA

Iron Horse Prairie SNA

John Murtaugh Memorial WMA

Joseph A. Tauer Prairie SNA

Kasota Prairie

Kilen Woods State Park

La Salle Lake SNA

Lake Byllesby Regional Park

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

Lost Valley Prairie SNA

Malmberg Prairie SNA

McKnight Prairie

Minnesota Valley NWR, Rapids Lake Unit

Mound Spring Prairie SNA, South Unit

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Ney Nature Center

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Rengstorf Unit

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Spieker Unit

Northern Tallgrass Prairie NWR, Touch the Sky Prairie Unit

Oronoco Prairie SNA

Otter Tail Prairie SNA

Pembina Trail Preserve SNA, Crookston Prairie Unit

Pembina Trail Preserve SNA, Pembina Trail Unit

Phelps Lake WMA

Pilot Knob

Prairie Smoke Dunes SNA

Regal Meadow

Richard M. & Mathilde Rice Elliott SNA

Ritter Farm Park

River Terrace Prairie SNA

River Warren Outcrops SNA

Sand Prairie Wildlife Management and Environmental Education Area

Savage Fen SNA

Sedan Brook SNA

Seven Sisters Prairie

Split Rock Creek State Park

Spring Prairie Preserve

Staffanson Prairie

Swedes Forest SNA

Tamarack Nature Center

Tiedemann WMA

Tribute WMA

Twin Lakes SNA

Twin Valley Prairie SNA

Verlyn Marth Memorial Prairie SNA

Vermillion Highlands Research Recreation and WMA

Vermillion River WMA

 

 

 

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