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
Happy new year, everyone! The end-of-the-year holiday season has come to a close, also bringing the conclusion of the first annual FaunaFocus Holiday Art Trade! A total of 19 participants joined in spreading holiday cheer, each creating an artwork that featured an animal species requested by another participant. Throughout the months of November and December, participants were surprised with beautiful artworks complimenting their favorite animals. With a variety of different media, technique,… Read More
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 contact information and the animal you’d like drawn for you using the form below. Receive Email:… Read More
Stephen Michael Scott II is a self-taught freelance illustrator originally from Middletown, Ohio, but currently working from Southeast Michigan. Legally blind in his right eye, he has adopted the name “Blind Coyote.” Stephen specializes in imaginative, yet realistic, illustrations featuring fantastical animal creatures in a variety of light-filled environments. He also enjoys creating anthropomorphic characters inspired by wildlife. An avid student of the arts, Stephen enjoys studying animal anatomy and sketching to… Read More
If you created any tiger-inspired art, consider submitting it to the FaunaFocus Free-For-All monthly art competition where experienced judges critique submissions live on stream! The FaunaFocus Free-For-All is open to all and is intended to foster community-based learning while celebrating successes and encouraging artists to improve from discipline and criteria. This month’s Free-For-All winner will receive the following prizes: Artist Feature: The winning artwork will be displayed prominently on FaunaFocus.com with the artist’s preferred display name… Read More
Louis Herlihy has been working as a freelance designer for the past year and a half and is notoriously known for working on digital art and design pieces in the dead of night. Currently working on a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in graphic design at Indiana University Southeast, he finds himself influenced by a wide range of creatives, ranging from the minimalist, conservative Paul Rand, to the experimental and attitude-rooted Stefan… Read More
Thank you to everyone who participated in the WWF Wild-Livestream these past few weeks! FaunaFocus collectively raised $750.00 to help increase the population of endangered tigers! The month’s not over yet and there’s still ways to help. Help further support the World Wide Fund for Nature’s vital work by donating your finished wildlife art: photographs, artwork, media, etc. All animal works are welcome, especially those featuring this month’s FaunaFocus, the tiger! If… Read More
The FaunaFocus 24-Hour Charity Host Train has come to an end! FaunaFocus partnered with the WWF-Australia‘s Wild-Livestream event and featured 11 different artists on Twitch Creative over the course of 24 hours spanning the entirety of Tuesday, September 12th. Each artist created artwork inspired by the endangered tiger species and several different media and styles were represented. Together, viewers and artists were able to surpass the original goal of $200 and raised… Read More
FaunaFocus is hosting its first charity event on Tuesday, September 12th, a 24-Hour Charity Host Train taking place on Twitch! FaunaFocus is teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help save the endangered tiger species. The event will start Tuesday morning at 12:00am (midnight) Central Daylight Time and continue for a full 24 hours. 11 different artists will be featured, each creating artwork inspired by the tiger and helping to… Read More
FaunaFocus is hosting its first charity event during the first half of September! FaunaFocus is teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help save the endangered tiger species. WWF Wild-Livestream 2017 FaunaFocus will be participating in the WWF Wild-Livestream 2017 campaign on Tiltify from September 1st to September 15th, 2017. Donations can be made on the FaunaFocus Tiltify page and all proceeds will benefit the World Wildlife Foundation’s tiger… Read More
The August Free-For-All deadline has been extended from Wednesday, August 30th at 3:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CDT that same day. The Free-For-All judging livesteam will remain at the same time: Wednesday, August 30th, at 9:00 p.m. CDT. In addition to this, August’s Free-For-All winner will be able to choose October’s featured #FaunaFocus animal of the month! September’s featured animal has already been selected for a special event that will be announced… Read More
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