Tree Swallow

The hardiest swallow, it arrives early in spring and even winters over in some localities. When insects are unavailable, the Tree Swallow feeds mostly on bayberries; some wintering birds have also been seen picking seeds from pond ice.

Tree Swallow

flashcube Tree Swallow

Scientific Name: Tachycineta bicolor.
Family: Swallow.
Length: 5-3/4 inches.
Wingspan: 14-1/2 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Iridescent greenish-blue above and white below. Female may be duller.
Nest: Female builds nest in a cavity using grass, needles and feathers, and lays up to eight white eggs.
Voice: Typically an early-morning singer, the song is a pleasant gurgling chatter when in flight.
Habitat: Open areas with scattered trees and water.
Diet: Insects, berries and seeds.
Backyard Favorites: Native plants to attract bugs; feathers in a suet cage or on the lawn for nesting material. Nest boxes designed for bluebirds also attract this swallow.

Listen to the Tree Swallow’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Tree Swallow Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

Photos

Information

Tree Swallow

flashcube Tree Swallow

Scientific Name: Tachycineta bicolor.
Family: Swallow.
Length: 5-3/4 inches.
Wingspan: 14-1/2 inches.
Distinctive Markings: Iridescent greenish-blue above and white below. Female may be duller.
Nest: Female builds nest in a cavity using grass, needles and feathers, and lays up to eight white eggs.
Voice: Typically an early-morning singer, the song is a pleasant gurgling chatter when in flight.
Habitat: Open areas with scattered trees and water.
Diet: Insects, berries and seeds.
Backyard Favorites: Native plants to attract bugs; feathers in a suet cage or on the lawn for nesting material. Nest boxes designed for bluebirds also attract this swallow.

Bird Song & Range Map

Listen to the Tree Swallow’s song and learn where to spot them!

Bird songs provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Tree Swallow Bird SpeciesRange maps provided by Kaufman Field Guides, the official field guide of Birds & Blooms.

Submit Your Photos

Do you have a photo of this species? Submit it here to share with the rest of the Birds & Blooms community

Submit >

submit-photos

Add a Comment

From Our Community

an honest plumber

i thought i had a clogged bathtub frain. so icalled a plumber. he was going to come out this morning and unclog it. i discovered that it is…
Read more >

Weekend Picture Post for 8/30 -8/31/14 (Pretty in Pink)

I don't think we've done pink yet, have we?  If we did we've all forgotten it so let's see what you've got in pink. Cosmos Coneflower Poppy Garden…
Read more >