TREE SWALLOW

TREE SWALLOW(Tachycineta bicolor)

The Tree swallow is a small passerine bird that acrobatically catches insects in flight. It is around 12 cm – or 5 in. long. The top parts are iridescent blue green, while the under parts are white. Females have similar colors but duller. The bill is small and the mouth opens wide to allow catching insects on the fly. The wings are as long as the the tail when folded.

The name ‘tachycineta’ means ‘moving quickly’. The tree swallows, due to their diet, live and breed in open spaces. They nest in cavities, and will easily be attracted to nesting boxes. They are protective of their nest and will dive bomb on people or animals when the latter are getting too close.

This bird is very common in PEI in the spring and summer. It migrates to the southern USA, Mexico and the Caribbean. Tree swallows are very social in their wintering areas and may reach up to several thousand birds when roosting.

Tree swallow - North Rustico, PEI - May 22, 2016 - by Matt Beardsley
Tree swallow – North Rustico, PEI – May 22, 2016 – by Matt Beardsley
Barn swallow & Tree swallow - North Rustico, PEI - May 17, 2017 - by Matt Beardsley
Barn swallows and Tree swallows can hang out together when hunting – North Rustico, PEI – May 17, 2017 – by Matt Beardsley
Tree Swallows - 'Somebody didn't read the sign' - Rollings Pond, North Rustico - PEINP - May 21, 2018 - Matt Beardsley
Tree Swallows – ‘Somebody didn’t read the sign’ – Rollings Pond, North Rustico – PEINP – May 21, 2018 – Matt Beardsley
Tree swallow flying over Rollings Pond, PEI - June 11, 2017 © Matt Beardsley
Tree swallow flying over Rollings Pond, PEI – June 11, 2017 © Matt Beardsley
Tree swallow - PEI National Park, PEI - May 20, 2017 - by Matt Beardsley
This Tree Swallow is asking for protection – PEI National Park, PEI – May 20, 2017 – by Matt Beardsley
Tree Swallow - North Lake, PEI - June 10, 2018 - © Lois Kilburn
Tree Swallow – North Lake, PEI – June 10, 2018 – © Lois Kilburn
Tree Swallow on post - Bothwell area, PEI - May 27, 2017 - Sandra Meade
Tree Swallow on post – Bothwell area, PEI – May 27, 2017 – Sandra Meade
Tree Swallows - Souris Line Road area, PEI - May 10, 2014 - © Kathy McCormack
Tree Swallows – Souris Line Road area, PEI – May 10, 2014 – © Kathy McCormack

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