November 8, 2016 – Blue-and-white Swallow (Notiochelidon cyanoleuca)

These swallows are found across much of South America. Their diet is made up of small flying insects, such as flying ants and parasitic wasps. Catching their prey in the air, they often follow herd animals as they graze and flush insects. Though they generally feed alone or in small groups, they join large flocks while migrating. Pairs stay together during the breeding season and may remain together for the entire year. Both parents build the nests by carrying dry grass into small crevices, including many structures such as eaves, or the cracks between bricks. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks.


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