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Tree Swallow Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Tree Swallows are streamlined small songbirds with long, pointed wings and a short, squared or slightly notched tail. Their bills are very short and flat.

    Relative Size

    Smaller than a Purple Martin; slightly larger than a Bank Swallow.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 4.7-5.9 in (12-15 cm)
      • Weight: 0.6-0.9 oz (16-25 g)
      • Wingspan: 11.8-13.8 in (30-35 cm)