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Nightjars, swallows & swifts

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  • 1. Nightjars, Swallows & Swifts
  • 2. Nightjar
    Also called nighthawks & oilbirds
    Ground nesting
    Eat insects while flying
    Nocturnal
    Most active at dawn and dusk
  • 3. Swallows
    Can be recognized by split tail
    Eat insects in flight
    Tree swallows nest in trees
    Barn swallows make mud nests in structures
    Monogamous species
    Migratory
  • 4. Martins
    Purple martins are a species of swallow
    Nest exclusively in birdhouses
    Migratory – will return to same nest each year
    Diurnal
  • 5. Swifts
    Fastest fliers – no forked tail
    Migratory
    Crepuscular – feed at dawn & dusk
    Nests are built with saliva
    Closely related to humming birds
    Nest in buildings and chimneys
    Frequently nest in colonies

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