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Violet-green Swallow

Tachycineta thalassina ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: HIRUNDINIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A beautiful swallow of open woodlands, the Violet-green Swallow is found only in the American West.

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Appearance

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small slender songbird.
  • White underneath and shiny greenish bronze on top.
  • Face white.
  • Small bill.
  • Long wings.

Immature Description

Juvenile sooty gray on back, underparts washed with gray, face dusky. Yearling female greenish on back with brownish on crown and rump.

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