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Merlin Bird ID

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    Tree Swallow Identification

    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)