The tree swallow is a migratory bird of the family Hirundinidae. Found
in the Americas, it was first described in 1807 by French ornithologist
Louis Vieillot as Hirundo bicolor. It has since been moved to the
genus Tachycineta, where its phylogenetic placement is in debate. It
has glossy blue-green upperparts, with the exception of the blackish
wings and tail, and white underparts. The bill is black, the eyes are
dark brown, and the legs and feet are pale brown. The tree swallow
breeds in the US and Canada. It winters in the West Indies and from the
southern US coasts to Panama and the northwestern coast of South
America. It nests in isolated pairs or loose groups, in both natural and
artificial cavities. Breeding can start as soon as early May (although
this date is advancing because of climate change), and can end as late
as July. The species is generally socially monogamous, with high levels
of extra-pair paternity. An aerial insectivore, the tree swallow forages
alone and in groups.
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