535 Wire-tailed Swallow

The Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithi) is a 14 cm long spectacular swallow. It has bright blue upperparts and white underparts, chestnut crown and white spots on the tail, and a blue mask through the eye. The two remarkably long wire-like outer feathers provide the bird its name. It is found in the tropical south Asia and south of Sahara in Africa. Unlike other swallows, the Wire-tailed Swallows are solitary and builds half-bowl shaped mud-lined nest under cliffs and man-made stone structures.