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Bank Swallow


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The Bank Swallow nests in colonies in streamside banks across much of North America. It can also be found across most of Europe and Asia.


Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small slender songbird.
  • White underneath and brown on top.
  • Dark band across chest, extending down middle of chest.
  • Small bill.
  • Long wings.

Immature Description

Similar to adult, but with pale edging to back feathers.

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Field MarksHelp


    Bank Swallow

    • Daintier and more slender-bodied than other swallow species
    • Dull brown above, pale below
    • Dark breast-band
    • © Cameron Rognan, Bishop, California, June 2005

    Bank Swallow

    • Small-headed, slender-bodied swallow
    • Dull brown above, white below
    • Dark breast-band
    • © NatureLover2007, Whitby, Ontario, Canada, June 2011

    Bank Swallow

    • Petite, small-headed swallow
    • Dark breast-band
    • Dull, sandy brown above, white below
    • © Marcello Gomes, Brazil, August 2014

Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow has brown wash over throat and chest and lacks a chest band.
  • Juvenile Tree Swallow has brownish back and a faint band across chest, but the band is faintest in the middle and does not extend down the chest.



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