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Cave Swallow

Petrochelidon fulva ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: HIRUNDINIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The Cave Swallow is a locally common swallow of Texas, Mexico, and the Caribbean. True to its name, it often roosts and nests inside the entrances to caves, sharing the space with bats.

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Appearance

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Adult Description

  • Small, long-winged stocky songbird.
  • Small bill.
  • Wings long and pointed.
  • Throat pale.
  • Tail square.
  • Rump pale.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult, but with less distinct head pattern.

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Similar Species

Distinguished from all other swallow species, except Cliff Swallow, by its pale orange rump and square tail.

  • Cliff Swallow is similar, but usually has cream-colored forehead and dark throat.