Barn Swallows are beautiful birds with a dark blue back, a reddish throat and a buff colored belly. Perhaps their most outstanding feature is their long, forked tail. Barn Swallows are found across the U.S. in spring and summer, so the chances are good that you have seen these birds. If you haven’t, you might visit some areas where they are likely to be found.When you do see them, it will often be in the air, so look for the distinctive, forked tail.
Barn Swallows get their name, of course, because of their frequent habit of nesting in barns. They construct a deep nest primarily of mud and lined with feathers on top of a beam or other projection. But they will also nest in caves, under bridges, in mine shafts and other sheltered locations. Barn Swallows are insect-eaters that catch their prey while on the wing. They can even drink, while they’re flying and often skim the water to pick up floating insects. Happy Birding!