cliff swallow


Definition of cliff swallow

: a colonial swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) of the New World with a pale buff rump and dark throat patch that builds mud nests resembling jugs especially under eaves and on cliffs

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At Gooseberry Neck, there were 84 black scoters, three ruddy turnstones, three roseate terns, a great shearwater, a Northern gannet, two cliff swallows, and two orchard orioles., "Bird sightings across the region," 30 June 2019 Our place on the Maclaren River has a substantial colony of cliff swallows under the Maclaren bridge. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Instead of zapping Alaska’s mosquitoes, build a birdhouse," 6 June 2019 The four common ones are tree swallows, violet-green swallows, cliff swallows and bank swallows. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Instead of zapping Alaska’s mosquitoes, build a birdhouse," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of cliff swallow

1823, in the meaning defined above

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