Merlin

Bank Swallow Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A small swallow with a chunky body, large head, relatively short pointed wings, and a slightly forked tail.

    Relative Size

    The smallest of North America’s swallow species, similar in size to a Chimney Swift but with shorter, broader wings.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 4.7-5.2 in (12-13.3 cm)
      • Weight: 0.4-0.7 oz (10.2-18.8 g)
      • Wingspan: 9.8-13.0 in (25-33 cm)