Violet-green Swallow

Nest box Plan and Information

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Violet-green Swallow
© Mike Wisnicki
Construction difficulty:
moderate

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Species in decline

This species is in decline in certain regions. You can put up a nest box to help if you live in the right region and habitat.

  • Declining
  • Not declining
  • Not present
Source: USGS

Nesting Range

Violet-green Swallow Range Source: BNA Online

Nesting Habitat

  • Mountain
  • Open Woodland

Attach Nest Box To

  • Building
  • Dead Tree
  • Live tree
  • Pole

Known Nesting Period

Not Nesting
Some Nesting Occurence
Nesting in Most of Range
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
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JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC
Source: BNA Online

Nest Box Placement

Nest Height:
9ft
15ft

9–15 feet

Minimum Spacing:

30 feet

Facing:

South or East

Nest Box Measurements

Entrance Hole:

1 3/8"

Depth:

9"

Width & Length:

5 1/2"

5 1/2"

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Helpful Tips

  • If competition with bluebirds arises over nest boxes, place another box nearby (20–25' away) for the bluebird.
  • Clean the nest box out once the swallows are finished.
  • Violet-green Swallows benefit from a "fledgling ladder" inside the nest box, under the entrance hole. This can be a series of shallow horizontal kerf cuts (which looks like a ladder) or a piece of hardware cloth stapled to the inside of the box. A fledgling ladder helps nestlings get their footing and climb out of the box.
  • Install a predator guard to keep predators out.
  • Violet-green Swallows line their nest with feathers, and more feathers can enhance chick survival. You can provide chicken feathers in the area for swallows to add to their nests, and they may even snatch them up before they hit the ground.

Did you know that NestWatch is seeking more data on this species?

Learn about Violet-green Swallow here.