Just the Facts: Barn Swallows

AKA: Mud Swallows. Close relatives: Purple Martin, Cliff Swallow, Tree Swallow Scientific Classification: Animalia, Chordata, Aves, Passeriformes, Hirundinidae; Hirundo; H. rustica. Bird Size & Markings: Adult Barn Swallows are about 7” long, stand 4” high and have a 13” wingspan. They weigh less than 1 ounce. Males have metallic blue back, wings, and tail with rufous to tawny underside. The blue crown and face is … Continue reading Just the Facts: Barn Swallows

Just the Facts: Starlings

  Scientific Classification: Animalia, Chordata, Aves, Passeriformes, Stumidae; Sturnus; S. vulgaris (there are about a dozen subspecies). Bird Size & Markings: Starlings are about 9” long, stand 6” high, weigh about 3 ounces and have 13” wingspans. In flight their wings, head and tail make them look like four-pointed stars (which gives them their name). Plumage is dark purple or green iridescent in summer and … Continue reading Just the Facts: Starlings