tree swallow


Definition of tree swallow

: an American swallow (Tachycineta bicolor synonym Iridoprocne bicolor) with iridescent greenish-blue upperparts and white underparts

Examples of tree swallow in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So the birds sort out their distances and differences and the boxes house titmice, tree swallows, and, yes, chickadees. Sharon Sorenson, Indianapolis Star, "For the Birds: Leaving Chickadee snag alone can help bird populations," 11 Apr. 2020 There was a redhead at Kenoza Lake in Haverhill, two late-migrant tree swallows at Plum Island, a Townsend’s solitaire at Halibut Point in Rockport, and a Nashville warbler at Martins Brook in North Reading., "Central Mass:," 29 Dec. 2019 Late migrant tree swallows were spotted throughout the state at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Cockeast Pond, and Richmond Pond in Westport, Butler’s Cove Road in Edgartown, and on Cuttyhunk., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 1 Dec. 2019 Additional sightings included 400 tree swallows, a blue-gray gnatcatcher, a brown thrasher, and two rusty blackbirds., "Most read on," 17 Nov. 2019 Within 30 minutes, a squabble ensued between two would-be tenants, a bluebird and tree swallow. Mike Klingaman,, "Harford youngsters’ interest in birding is piqued through programs in the county," 20 Aug. 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 Three tree swallows, surely migrants, circled over the pond and adjacent mowed fields while seven Eastern meadowlarks flushed from the grass. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "The fields and hedgerows of Clark’s Creek Nature Preserve attract a variety of birds," 19 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of tree swallow

1893, in the meaning defined above

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“Tree swallow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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