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    Violet-green Swallow Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Violet-green Swallows are small sleek birds with long pointed wings and slightly forked tails. Their wingtips extend beyond their short tail—especially noticeable when perched.

      Relative Size

      About the same size as a Bank Swallow, but smaller than a Barn Swallow.

      Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 4.7 in (12 cm)
        • Weight: 0.5 oz (14 g)
        • Wingspan: 10.6 in (27 cm)