30 Jan '16, 3pm

Learn about Tree Swallow behavior, habitat and more in our free online bird guide:

Learn about Tree Swallow behavior, habitat and more in our free online bird guide:

The popularity of the bluebird has been a boon to the Tree Swallow, which nests in holes of exactly the same size, and has taken advantage of bluebird houses over much of North America. In regions with no such ready supply of artificial nest sites, the swallows must compete with other cavity-nesting birds, arriving early in spring to stake out territories. Unlike other swallows, Tree Swallows eat many berries (especially bayberries), allowing them to survive through wintry spells when other insect-eaters might starve. Conservation status Widespread and common, and population apparently increasing in many areas. Family Swallows Habitat Open country near water, marshes, meadows, lakes. May breed in any kind of open or semi-open area that provides both nesting sites and a good supply of flying insects. Typically breeds close to water, as around ponds or marshes, but also nest...

Full article: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/tree-swallow

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