December 30, 2016 – Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica or Hirundo daurica)
These swallows are found in open areas of southern Europe, much of Asia, and central Africa. Birds in the northern parts of their range tend to migrate, while those in the southern areas are mostly year-round residents. They eat flies, beetles, termites, and other flying insects, catching them in flight. Pairs build their enclosed nests from mud and dry grasses, with tunnel entrances, lining them with feathers, hair, plant down, leaves, pine needles, and grass.