Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

Barn swallows are aerial foraging insectivores and feed almost entirely on flying insects, such as flies, grasshoppers, crickets, dragonflies, beetles, and moths.

Barn swallows are aerial foraging insectivores and feed almost entirely on flying insects. Flies, grasshoppers, crickets, dragonflies, beetles, moths, and other flying insects make up 99% of their diet.

Barn swallows catch most of their prey while in flight, and are able to feed their young at the nest while flying.


Image | © Tony’s Takes, Some Rights Reserved, (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Sources | (BirdLife International, 2016; Brown & Brown, 1999; Perrins, 1989; Roth, 2002; Snow & Perrins, 1998; Terres, 1991; The Wikimedia Foundation, 2019)

 

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