Can You Identify These Eight North American Swallows?
Mystery Swallow #3
Our smallest sparrow is brown above and white below. Its distinguishing feature is a dark breast band. Hint: It excavates a hole for its nest in vertical cliffs of dirt or sand, usually close to water.
a) Barn swallow
b) Bank swallow
c) Northern rough-winged swallow
d) Cave swallow
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Tips for Easy Bird Identification
Identifying birds is at the very heart of bird watching. Each bird encountered is like a little puzzle or mystery to solve, because, while birds of a single species all share a certain set of physical traits, no two individual birds, like no two individual humans, are exactly alike.