Cave Swallow Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Cave Swallows have a cylindrical body with long, pointed wings and a square-tipped tail that sometimes shows a slight notch. The bill is very short and the feet very small.

    Relative Size

    Slightly larger than a Bank Swallow, smaller than a Barn Swallow.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.5 in (14 cm)
      • Weight: 0.6-0.9 oz (17-25 g)
      • Wingspan: 13.0 in (33 cm)