Northern Rough-winged Swallow Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Small, long-bodied bird with a small head and bill. Flies on long and relatively broad, pointed wings. Note square tail.

    Relative Size

    Larger than Ruby-throated Hummingbird, smaller than a Purple Martin.

    Relative Sizesparrow or smallersparrow-sized or smaller
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 4.7-5.9 in (12-15 cm)
      • Weight: 0.3-0.6 oz (10-18 g)
      • Wingspan: 10.6-11.8 in (27-30 cm)