532 Barn Swallow

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is 17-19 cm long species having glistening cobalt-blue upperparts, russet throat, broad dark-blue breast band, off-white underparts, ashy-brown wings, deeply forked tail. black bill, and ashy legs. These birds are found in pastures, meadows and farmlands of Asia, Europe, North and South America, and Africa. They build colonies of cup-shaped nests made of grass and mud pellets at sites like barns, stables, under bridges, or stone hangings.