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Bird Species of the World's Boreal Forests

MAMMALS

   
Riparia riparia
Sand Martin
"Bank Swallow"

Description

Sand Martin Distinguishing Features - Small swallow up to 14 cm long; colouration: brown upperparts with a clearly defined dark breast band; white underparts; tail, forked.

Habitat

Breeds from southern Alaska southwestward throughout Canada's boreal region; also Europe, Scandinavia and most of Eurasia; open terrain, usually near water; nests in colonies on river banks and gravel pits.

Diet

Mostly flying insects caught on the wing.

Notes

Sand Martins (Bank Swallows) derive their name from their habit of excavating nesting tunnels in sandstone, clay or sand banks, which are then lined with grass and feathers for nesting.




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