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This is a Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica). The photo is taken in the area in along the Fyris river south of Uppsala. The Barn Swallow is largest and most common of the swollow family in Sweden. Its habitat is usually open country close to human habitation and cattle breeding. The Barn Swallow feeds on insects caught in flight. It nests under the roof of barns, inside sheds, under bridges and similar man-made structures. The area along Fyris River consists largely of agricultural land there are plenty of farm buildings in the area. During the summer months there are a great number of barn swallows in this area. It is found throughout Sweden except for in the far north of the country.The Swedish barn swallows winter in central and southern Africa, and they return to Sweden usually in May and is leaving Sweden in September-October.

The upper part of a barn swallow is shiny blue-black while the underpart is white or whitish. Adults' throat and forehead are dark red-brownish while juveniles more light brownish throats and foreheads . Adults have outer tail feathers are long while juvenile birds have shorter outer tail feathers. This is a juvenile bird.

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  • Copyright: ulf eriksson (UlfE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 85 N: 3709] (14597)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2012-08-07
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/8, 1/320 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-02-04 10:53
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