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13â€“14 cm (5-5Â½ in)
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Similar to Barn Swallow and Welcome Swallow but is shorter and the tail is less forked. Especially compared to Barn Swallow, the lack of dark blue breast band and the presence of dusky flanks are useful (although east Asian Barn Swallow has less extensive breast band than some other subspecies).
Coasts, but is increasingly spreading to forested uplands.
Diet includes insects, especially flies, while airborne.
They build nests of mud and pellets combined with dry grasses on vertical surfaces with overhangs. The clutch contains 3 white eggs with brown spots.
Call: high pitched tweet in alarm; otherwise a cheerful twittering.
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