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Male of Female Tree Swallow? Eastern Ontario, Canada

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Old Monday 25th April 2016, 14:01   #1
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Male or Female Tree Swallow? Eastern Ontario, Canada

Shot this morning in eastern Ontario, Canada, I think the tree swallow on the right is a male (giving junior a scolding), but I'm not sure about the parent's gender. Could someone clarify?
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Pretty sure you can't sex any hirundines.

They seem to be different colours to me, could they be different species, one is greenish (Tree Swallow) but the other seems purplish?
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Old Monday 25th April 2016, 14:26   #3
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Pair, male and female. Older females can be close to the males in plumage but most are noticeably drabber, sometimes much drabber.

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Pretty sure you can't sex any hirundines.
a stronger dimorphism is shown e.g. by purple martin. but you also can easily sex adult barn swallow!
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a stronger dimorphism is shown e.g. by purple martin. but you also can easily sex adult barn swallow!
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