Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow credit: Gordon Court
Barn Swallow
Hirundo rustica
NWT List of Species at Risk: 
Not applicable
NWT SARC Assessment: 
Not applicable
Federal Species at Risk Act list: 
COSEWIC Assessment: 
Special Concern
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The Barn Swallow is a small bird easily recognized by its steely-blue upper-parts, cinnamon under-parts, chestnut throat and forehead, and deeply forked tail.  Sexes have similar plumage, but males have longer outer tail streamers than females and tend to be darker chestnut on their under-parts.

Barn Swallows can be easily distinguished from other swallows by their deeply forked tail with long outer tail streamers.

Weight: 17 to 21 g (0.6 to 0.7 oz). Length: 15 to 18 cm (5.9 to 7.1 in).

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