Living Bird Magazine
Bank SwallowRiparia riparia
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Hirundinidae
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.More ID Info
- Avión Zapador (Spanish)
- Hirondelle de rivage (French)
- Cool Facts
- A Bank Swallow colony may range from 10 nests to nearly 2,000.
- The male Bank Swallow often pursues females other than its mate at the colony and attempts to mate with them. The male is most likely to chase a female in her fertile period.
- The oldest recorded Bank Swallow was at least 8 years old, when it was recaptured and rereleased during a banding operation in Wisconsin.