13 October, 2009

Welcome Swallow

Scientific Name: Hirundo neoxena

Population Estimate: Unknown, but of Least Concern status

Range: Native to Australia with breeding established in New Zealand in the 1950s. The species is migratory in parts of Australia but not in New Zealand.

Field Notes: Deeply forked tail, bright blue back, rufous face and throat, white breast. Similar in appearance to the common Barn Swallow, though the range only overlaps in northern Australia.

Personal Notes: Only common swallow in New Zealand.

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