Hirundo neoxena

Hirundo neoxena

Welcome Swallow on Barbed Wire Fence

(Welcome Swallow)

FAMILY

Hirundinidae

Species

Hirundo neoxena

Common name(s)

Welcome Swallow, House Swallow

Main colour

Black

Distinctive feature

Deeply forked tail with a white band or spots, size 15 cm

Campus

Cairns

Description

These swallows are migrants and are easily recognised by the deeply forked tail with a white band on the inner part of the long tail feathers. Head throat and part of breast are rufous-coloured, upper body is a glossy black, underparts dark grey to black. Legs and feet grey, eyes black, bill black.