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Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Stelgidopteryx serripennis ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: HIRUNDINIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A plain brown bird, the Northern Rough-winged Swallow is fairly common across the United States in summer. The species derives its name from the outer wing feathers, which have small hooks or points on their leading edges.

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Appearance

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Adult Description

  • Small, long-winged stocky songbird.
  • Small bill.
  • Wings long and pointed.
  • Uniformly dull brown head and upperparts.
  • Pale brown throat.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult, but with cinnamon wash on throat and indistinct cinnamon edges on brown feathers of upperparts, most noticeable on wings.

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    Northern Rough-winged Swallow

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    Northern Rough-winged Swallow

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    Northern Rough-winged Swallow

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    Northern Rough-winged Swallow

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    • © Greg Page, Starling Nature Sanctuary, Indiana, July 2009

Similar Species

  • Bank Swallow is smaller and has a distinct dark brown breastband separating a clean white throat and white lower breast.
  • Juvenile Tree Swallow has brownish back and a dull chest, but it has a faint band across chest and a whitish throat.