My adventures in the woods, streams, rivers, fields, and lakes of Michigan

Swallows and martins


Swallows and martins

Order: Passeriformes Family: Hirundinidae
The Hirundinidae family is a group of passerines characterised by their adaptation to aerial feeding. Their adaptations include a slender streamlined body, long pointed wings and short bills with a wide gape. The feet are designed for perching rather than walking, and the front toes are partially joined at the base. There are 6 Michigan species.

Bank Swallow, Riparia riparia

Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica

Cliff Swallow, Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Purple Martin, Progne subis

Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor

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