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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.