The golden swallow (Tachycineta euchrysea) is found in Hispaniola and
Jamaica mainly in isolated montane forests of Hispaniolan pine. The
Jamaican subspecies is likely extinct, perhaps through predation by
mammals and habitat loss, and the Hispaniolan subspecies is considered
to be vulnerable by the IUCN. This is a small swallow with mainly
copper-bronze upperparts and white underparts. The legs, feet, and
irises are dark brown, and the bill is black. The extant subspecies
differs from the Jamaican form in having a more forked tail and bluer
upperparts. The female is similar, but with mottled grey-brown on the
breast, and occasionally on the throat and undertail. In Hispaniola,
this swallow breeds from April to July, laying a clutch consisting of
two to four white eggs in a cup nest in Hispaniolan pine, in caves or
under eaves. It is an aerial insectivore, usually foraging up to 20 m
(66 ft) above the ground.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Richard Lawrence became the first person to attempt to
assassinate a sitting U.S. president when he failed to kill Andrew
Jackson at the U.S. Capitol (assassination attempt pictured) and was
subdued by the crowd.
World War II: Allied forces liberated more than 500 prisoners
of war from a Japanese POW camp near Cabanatuan in the Philippines.
Kenya Airways Flight 431 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near
Ivory Coast shortly after takeoff, killing 169 on board.
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