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Swallow: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Wildlife on Monday, 31 January 2011

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Swallow – Birds of Britain

The long streamers of their deeply forked tails readily identify swallows as they congregate on telegraph wires before migration. They are often seen in early summer, skimming low at a constant height above the ground or water to catch flying insects. Fast and accurate flyers, they fly unhesitatingly into very narrow openings in the buildings where they build their nests, and are said to reach speeds of 160 km per hour when migrating.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 901 published on 28 April 1979. Click on a picture to find out more about licensing images for commercial or personal/educational use. We are also able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

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