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Pacific Swallow

Pacific Swallow
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, Tamron SP AF200-500mm f5-6.3 Di LD
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-05 7:20
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Pacific Swallow
Hirundo tahitica

Main features: Small (14cm); wing long; tail barely forked. Genders alike.

Adult: Upperparts metallic blue; forehead, throat, upper breast chestnut; lowerparts grey, never white.

Juvenile: Upperparts browner; less chestnut on throat and forehead.

Call: Described as high pitched tweet in alarm; otherwise a cheerful twittering.

In flight: Dusky underwings and white tail marks.

Similar birds:
House Swift (Apus nepalensis): Flies with rapid shallow flapping interspersed by gliding; wings longer, slender scimitar-shaped; lacks tail streamers.
Barn Swallow (H. rustica): Has a black breast band, whiter underparts. Also tail streamers, but not diagnostic because the Barn may lose its tail streamers during a moult.

Status in Singapore: Very common resident throughout the island including North and South offshore islands.

World distribution: South India across the continent to Japan and the Philippines, down Southeast Asia to New Guinea and Tahiti.

Classification: Family Hirundinidae. World 89 species, Singapore 5 species.

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