February 10, 2016 – Fairy Martin (Hirundo ariel)

Found in most of Australia and occasionally New Zealand, these martins sometimes winter in northern Australia, New Guinea, and islands of the Torres Strait. They are a social species, foraging in large flocks high in the air for flying insects and nesting in colonies. Between eight and thirty pairs often nest near each other, building bottle-shaped nests from mud, which are often fused. Males and females build the nests together and often reuse them in the same season and later years. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks.