Both sexes of barn swallows help build the nest out of mud pellets, dry grass, straw, horsehair, and white feathers.
The main threat to barn swallows is agriculture including farming practices, loss of foraging areas, livestock rearing, improved hygiene, land drainage, and the use of herbicides and pesticides.
Barn swallows contribute to the ecosystem by eating an enormous amount of insects and controlling their populations.
Barn swallows forage opportunistically and will follow tractors and plows in order to catch the insects that are disturbed by the machinery.
Although all swallows are socially monogamous, barn swallows differ in the sharing of parental care, raising 2 broods a summer of 2-7 eggs each.
The barn swallow’s global population is estimated at about 290,000,000-500,000,000 individuals, 20% of which can be found in Europe.
Because barn swallow nests can be unsightly and can create cleanliness and health issues for humans, they are sometimes removed as a nuisance.
Barn swallows have a wide variety of calls used in different situations and will sing, both individually and as a group.
Barn swallows are aerial foraging insectivores and feed almost entirely on flying insects, such as flies, grasshoppers, crickets, dragonflies, beetles, and moths.
Because of its extremely large range and population size, the barn swallow is evaluated as “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The barn swallow is the most widespread swallow species and can be found in close proximity to humans all around the world. These small, distinctive, passerine birds are aerial foragers and catch their insectivorous prey while flying. Socially monogamous, they build nests and raise young in large colonies … Learn More
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The holiday season is approaching and FaunaFocus wants to spread the cheer! Throughout the months of November and December, FaunaFocus will be hosting a Holiday Art Trade and all are welcome to join! Surprise someone with an animal-themed artwork of their choice and receive an artwork yourself, “Secret Santa” style! GET INVOLVED Sign Up: Submit your information using the form below by Friday, November 16th. Receive Email: On Saturday, November 17th,… Read More
The second FaunaFocus 24-Hour Host Train has come to an end! FaunaFocus partnered with the WWF-Australia‘s Wild-Livestream event and featured 11 different artists on Twitch over the course of 24 hours spanning the entirety of Saturday, October 20th. Each artist created artwork inspired by sea turtles, most focusing on the endangered green turtle and the critically endangered hawksbill turtle. Together, viewers and artists were able to raise $836 (including Mehvaro fundraising $185… Read More
FaunaFocus had another successful stream event on Twitch in support of the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Wild-Livestream 2018 campaign! On October 19th, 2018, FaunaFocus hosted a CreateAlong featuring the hawsbill turtle. Using ballpoint pen and dried watercolor cakes, Noelle M. Brooks gave viewers a step-by-step view into how she creates realistic illustrations in ink and watercolor. Starting with a ballpoint sketch, she walked participants through using light, gentle strokes to create construction… Read More
FaunaFocus is hosting its second charity event on Saturday, October 20th, another 24-Hour Host Train taking place on Twitch! FaunaFocus Sea Turtle Host Train FaunaFocus is teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help save the endangered green turtle and critically endangered hawksbill turtle. The event will start Saturday morning at 12:00am (midnight) Central Daylight Time and continue for a full 24 hours. 10 different artists will be featured,… Read More
FaunaFocus had its first stream event on Twitch in support of the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Wild-Livestream 2018 campaign! On October 13th, 2018, FaunaFocus hosted a SketchAlong featuring the hawsbill turtle. Studying several different positions of the turtle, including a side profile, top-down view, and even an extreme close-up of the reptile’s beautiful eye, viewers were given step-by-step instructions by Noelle M. Brooks on how to use photographic references to create anatomically-correct… Read More
FaunaFocus is once again teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and hosting another 24-hour charity host train in order to help save sea turtles around the world, including this month’s featured species, the critically endangered hawksbill turtle and February’s FaunaFocus, the endangered green turtle! WWF Sea Turtle Wild-Livestream FaunaFocus will be participating in the WWF Wild-Livestream 2018 campaign from October 13th to October 28th, 2018. Donations can be made… Read More
FaunaFocus has had another successful SketchAlong! Several viewers tuned in for the Twitch livestream on September 14th, 2018, and sketched along with Noelle M. Brooks as she led them through the proportions and anatomy of the Virginia opossum. Focusing on several different positions of the opossum, such as its well-known “playing possum” death feinting behavior, each participant worked with their own materials and interpreted the photographic references in their own recognizable style…. Read More
FaunaFocus recently focused on the spectacled bear during another SketchAlong. During a Twitch livestream, Noelle M. Brooks led viewers through exploring the proportions and anatomy of the spectacled bear. Starting with a full-body illustration, the study was then guided through the unique facial differences between several bear species, and concluded with a close-up of the bear’s enormous paws. FaunaFocus Calendar
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Constantly on the move, young graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, and web-developer, Dorelys Smits, also known as Adoris, finds herself going through Flemish, Belgium, the Netherlands, and all about the European continent. Born in Brussels, the capital of Belgium known as the melting pot of Europe, Dorelys currently resides in Dilsen, Belgium. As a self-taught, front-end web-developer, Dorelys enjoys working in multiple creative fields including illustration, drawing, digital art, design, web development, and even photography.
Happy World Penguin Day, everyone! World Penguin Day is an annual celebration of penguins that happens on April 25th of each year. This date coincides with the annual northward migration of penguins. Celebrate World Penguin Day with FaunaFocus this week! Free-For-all Don’t forget about this month’s Free-For-All competition. Submit your African penguin-inspired artwork by 12:00pm (Noon) CDT on Friday, April 27th and tune in on Saturday, April 28th at 9:00pm CDT… Read More
Kirsty Dillon, also known as “Clarry” or “Clarrydoll,” is a full-time British artist and broadcaster currently working and residing in Manitoba, Canada. With a love of tea, dolls, and creativity, in general, she finds inspiration from nature, wildlife, and even mental health. Especially interested in birds and insects, her portfolio is filled with feathered, flapping subjects, such as blackbirds, owls, bees, butterflies, and even bats. About four times a week, Kirsty shares her creative passions on Twitch Creative with the goal of building a friendly community and making beautiful things for her viewers to enjoy.
FaunaFocus has had its first SketchAlong! Several viewers tuned in for the Twitch livestream and sketched along with Noelle M. Brooks as she led them through the proportions and anatomy of the African penguin. Using digital materials, ink, and graphite, everyone expressed their own perspective of this peculiar avian. FaunaFocus Calendar