Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena): is the familiar Swallow of houses, sheds, under bridges and other structures.
They are 150 millimetres long. Foreheads, faces and throats are dull tan and pale-grey below. Tails are forked.
Welcome Swallows are observed singly, in pairs and also small to large gatherings. Large flocks are usually present when there are abundant flying insects. Flight is rapid and often low above ground and water.
Welcome Swallows are widespread, in Australia, with the exception of dense forests and dry inland areas. They prefer human structures for nesting, perching and roosting.
The nest is cup shaped and constructed of mud pellets bound together with grass and lined with feathers, fur and hair. There 2-5 whitish eggs streaked and spotted red-brown.
Welcome Swallow numbers must have increased dramatically, in Australia, since European settlement as we have provided a host of structures suitable for nesting.
At Yallaroo Welcome Swallows nest under the roofs of our patio and verandah. They roost on our roof, TV antenna and power line. The image shows three juveniles in a nest on our verandah. This nest has been used for a number of years and is renovated annually.