Barn Swallow (Hirundo Rustica) Pictures and Detail

Barn Swallow,
Barn Swallow 

Barn Swallow (Hirundo Rustica) Pictures and Detail 


During my recent visit to Hiamchal Pradesh, I noticed that a deep blue and white colored bird is feeding its juveniles on the edge of a rooftop. I decided to capture its pictures and finally got many of pictures of adult and juveniles. On some study, I found that the name of this bird is Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow Juveniles
I saw this bird for the first time or at least noticed it for the first time. I found these birds very attractive and they were making dives in the air to catch insects to feed baby Barn Swallows. There were around eight Juveniles of Barn Swallow waiting silently on the edge of the rooftop for their turn to get food from the parents. 


In the picture above, You can clearly see an adult Barn Swallow feeding its juvenile. It looked that Juveniles were unable to catch insects themselves so the adults were feeding them.
Barn Swallow,
Barn Swallow 
 The Scientific name of this bird is Hirundo Rustica and it belongs to the bird family Swallow. This bird is found in the most parts of the world, including, Asia, Europe, Africa and Amercian subcontinents.
Barn Swallow Ready to Fly
Barn Swallow Ready to Fly 
Barn Swallow is a very adaptable bird and it uses man made structures like building to construct its nests. It creates a nest in a cup shape. This bird mainly feed on insects which it catches during the flight. Many farmers and people like these birds because they eat many harmful insects and clean environment.

Juvenile, Barn Swallow
Juvenile Barn Swallow
Barn Swallow is the national bird of Austria and Estonia. We also find reference of Barn Swallo in religious books and old literatures.

Juveniles, Barn Swallow
Juveniles of Barn Swallow
 Both male and female Barn Swallow are almost same in appearance, though female Barn Swallow tail is slightly shorter and color of feathers is less sharp. At present, there are six subspecies of Barn Swallow are recognized.
Backside, Barn Swallow,
Backside of Barn Swallow

It is common to find these birds around fields, open grounds, semi-forest where they can easily get insects. Barn Swallow do long distance migration and they breed at higher altitude from 2700 to 3000 meter.

Barn Swallow is one specie of bird which has actually benefits from deforstation because it pefere open lands and avoid dense forests. Due to their large population and huge geographical area, these birds are not under any threat.

Overall, it was a great experience to meet this bird for the first and taking so many pictures. I hope to get more beautiful pictures of life of Barn Swallow in near future

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