Common Nesting Birds

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Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor )


Photo © Barb

Tree Swallow nest

Photo © René Corado

Tree Swallow eggs

Photo © René Corado

Tree Swallow

Photo © Sharon Beals, from the collection of Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates

Adult

Photo © Max Nootbaar | Macaulay Library

Immature female

Photo © Matt Davis | Macaulay Library

Male and female

Photo © Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Lorri Howski 🦋 | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Daniel Irons | Macaulay Library

Immature female

Photo © August Davidson-Onsgard | Macaulay Library

Juvenile

Photo © Evan Lipton | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Martina Nordstrand | Macaulay Library

Juvenile

Photo © Brendan Klick | Macaulay Library

Juvenile

Photo © andrew aldrich | Macaulay Library

Adult

Photo © Anonymous | Macaulay Library

Flock

Photo © Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Song

© Leonard J. Peyton | Macaulay Library

Song

© Mike Andersen | Macaulay Library

Song

© Bob McGuire | Macaulay Library

Dawn song

© Wil Hershberger | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Glen Chapman | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Brad Walker | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Jay McGowan | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Wil Hershberger | Macaulay Library

Calls

© Martha Fischer | Macaulay Library

Flock calls

© Nicholas Sly | Macaulay Library

When To Look

Source: Birds of the World

Where To Find It

Habitats

grassland

lake

marsh

shore

Substrates

Nestbox or Birdhouse

Live Tree Cavity

Dead Tree Cavity

What You'll Find

Nest Type

cavity

Chick

Altricial

Clutch Size

2
4
7
8

Nest Height

30 ft
3 ft

Nesting Statistics

Incubation Period

11-19
days

Brooding Period

15-25
days

Useful Hints

  • Tree Swallows seem to prefer south-facing nest boxes, all else being equal.
  • Nesting Tree Swallows need nearby bodies of water over which to forage for flying insects.
  • The nest is lined with feathers, usually those of waterfowl.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Cornell Lab of Ornithology