Wire-tailed Swallow is found near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat.
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Scientific Name : Hirundo smithii
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Aves
Order : Passeriformes
Family : Hirundinidae
Genus : Hirundo
Species : H. smithii
How to identify this bird :
- It is a small bird in the swallow family measuring about 14 cms.
- The Wire-tailed Swallow has a chestnut coloured crown, glossy steel blue upper-parts and white under-parts.
- It has a very long filamentous outermost tail feathers, which trail behind like two wires. Hence the name Wire-tail Swallow.
- As you can see in the photogallery above, both the male and female are similar but the female has shorter wire-tails.
- Juveniles have a brown crown and brownish colour cast to blue upperparts and tail.
Where can I find this Bird:
- The Wire-tailed Swallow is found near DPS Tapi near the fields, canals and bridges where there is fresh water close-by. e.g.., tanks and other water reservoirs.
- They are generally found singly or in pairs unlike other swallows which are found in coloniesThey are very fast flyers.
- It makes a chit-chit sound while it flying low over water bodies or ploughed fields. The male sings a nice twittering song during the breeding season.
- They can breed at any time of the year but generally between March to September. They lay upto five eggs.
- They make half-bowl nests that are lined with mud collected with their beaks. These nests are placed near water generally on man-made structures such as buildings and bridges. Both the male and female share in building their nests and feeding their young.
- They generally feed on insects, especially flies, while airborne. They are typically seen low over water, with which they are more closely associated than most swallows.
Local Names :
Hindi : Ababil
Bengali : Ababil
Telugu : Wana kovela
Malayalam : Vayalkoti
Tamil : Adai kallan kuruvi, Thalai illatha kuruvi, Tam-padi