Barn Swallow Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    When perched, the sparrow-sized Barn Swallow appears cone shaped, with a slightly flattened head, no visible neck, and broad shoulders that taper to long, pointed wings. The tail extends well beyond the wingtips and the long outer feathers give the tail a deep fork.

    Relative Size

    Slightly smaller than a bluebird; slightly larger than a Tree Swallow

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 5.9-7.5 in (15-19 cm)
      • Weight: 0.6-0.7 oz (17-20 g)
      • Wingspan: 11.4-12.6 in (29-32 cm)