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(Redirected from American Cliff Swallow)
5-6" (13-15 cm). Sparrow-sized. A stocky, square-tailed swallow with pale buff rump. Upperparts dull steel-blue; underparts buff-white; throat dark chestnut; forehead white.
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Cliff Swallow has in the past been placed in genus Hirundo.
Four different subspecies are recognized:
melanogaster is sometimes included in pyrrhonota but those sources then recognize a form minima.
Open country near buildings or cliffs. Takes suburban area North ; lakeshores and marshes on migration.
Nesting: 4-6 white eggs in a gourd-shaped structure of mud lined with feathers and placed on a sheltered cliff face or under eaves. Nests in colonies.
Constant squeaky chattering and twittering.
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