Barn Swallow chicks almost ready to leave the nest

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Barn swallow chicks (Passeriformes: Hirundinidae: Hirundo rustica) photographed 07/21/2014 near Clayton, Michigan.

Historically Barn Swallows (Passeriformes: Hirundinidae: Hirundo rustica) built nests in caves and along rocky recesses, but over the last few hundred years they’ve learned to exploit the abundant and solid structures built by people. After migrating from Central and South America to North America in the spring, mating pairs construct their mud and grass nests under the eaves, rafters, and cross-beams of human habitations. They raise one or two broods per year, with three to seven chicks per brood. Parents spend several weeks feeding their chicks a steady diet of flying insects before the young fledge and take to the air. They spend the rest of the summer catching insects in flight and fattening up for the migration back south for the winter.

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About Jeremy Sell

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One Response to Barn Swallow chicks almost ready to leave the nest

  1. Cute little faces!

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