Tree Swallow

(Tachycineta bicolor)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Tree Swallow

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to abundant migrant and breeder

Habitat

Open areas usually near water, marshes, lake shores, beaver ponds, field fencelines

Size

5½ in length

14½ wingspan

 

 

  Photo by Wayne Rasmussen

Identification

The upper parts are irridescent blue-black in the summer, irridescent green-black in the fall prior to migration. The underparts are white with no markings on the chin or breast. The tail is shallowly forked.

 
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Migration

Late March to late October


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Taxonomy

Order:

Passeriformes (perching birds)

 

Family:

Hirundinidae (swallows)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Urban parks host a large variety of wildlife if you really spend some time observing.

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Maplewood, MN - Maplewood Hts Park

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a clutch of Tree Swallow chicks

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Tree Swallow chicks

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These swallows love using my Blue Bird houses that I have posted about the property.

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  Tree Swallow Singing
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Published on May 10, 2013

A tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) singing in Creston Valley, British Columbia. I added an extra clip at the end of a swallow that became very alert and animated after hearing the call of another nearby swallow.
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  Tree Swallow Portrait
ebirdr
 
   
 
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Published on Aug 19, 2013

The Tree Swallow is common across North America. It can be seen in open areas near water and woods. It has dark, iridescent blue-green above, which may be greener in fall, and is clear white below. The white of cheek does not extend above the eye or higher up on rump as in Violet-green Swallow. Immature is gray-brown above, white below with a grayish diffuse breast band; similar Bank Swallow has distinct breast band. It nests in tree cavities and bird houses. The song is a cheerful series of liquid twitters.

 
     
  Tree Swallows and Eastern Bluebird
WIld Bird Video Productions
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Feb 26, 2011

Tree swallows and a male eastern bluebird from Maine. © Garth McElroy

License at http://www.paya.com/videos/135226

 
     
  Tree Swallow Monitoring in Wisconsin's Areas of Concern
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Published on Jul 3, 2012

www.umesc.usgs.gov/documents/fact_sheets­/swallows.pdf.

Scientists are monitoring pollutant levels in the tree swallow to keep track of progress as clean-up and restoration work continues in the Great Lakes Areas of Concern. Five Areas of Concern occur in Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.

Partial funding for this video was provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

 
     
  Amazing Tree Swallow Roost - A Must Watch! - (Tachycineta bicolor)
Mark Vance
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 4, 2012

Amazing Tree Swallow Roost - A Must Watch! (Tachycineta bicolor)By: Mark H. Vance Over 3 millions Tree Swallows come down to roost for the night. You don't see many videos like this one because it is very dark when they come down. It doesn't look like it, but at the end of the video it is soo dark the camera can see what I can't with my own eyes.

This was in Sarasota, Florida on Jan 1st 2012 - a great day!

I shot this with a Canon 7D with a 100-400mm lens. At the end I had a 50mm f/1.4 lens.

http://youtube.com/markinsrq5

Mark Vance
5342 Clark Rd #144
Sarasota, Fl 34233

The Celery Fields - Sarasota, Florida Facebook Page - http://www.facebook.com/groups/218447...

 
     

 

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Alex
8/10/2016

Location: Beaver lake, Saint Paul

There are thousands here in the trees ever year.  They are very loud and constantly make this crowish call well they perch at night.  When I examined them with my flashlight they are what appears to be solid bright green?  They are about the size of a ping pong ball if not smaller.  If they possess any other markings it's hard to tell since they have their heads under the wing. 


Wayne Rasmussen
6/2/2016

Location: Maplewood Heights Park

Urban parks host a large variety of wildlife if you really spend some time observing.

Tree Swallow


Wayne Rasmussen
5/29/2016

Location: Maplewood, MN - Maplewood Hts Park

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Bill Reynolds
7/14/2011

Location: Pennington Co.

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Bill Reynolds
6/1/2003

Location: Numedal Township, Pennington Co., Minnesota

a clutch of Tree Swallow chicks

Tree Swallow


Bill Reynolds
6/1/2003

Location: Pennington Co.

The environment here is prairie and farm land, no to very little open water at all. These swallows love using my Blue Bird houses that I have posted about the property.

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