buffy underparts; deeply forked tail (Spain; 2006-06-10)

Red-rumped Swallow
Cecropis daurica

Native Range: Eurasia, Oriental Region, and Africa

Notes: easily identified by rufous-buff rump coupled with a deeply forked tail; highly migratory; builds mud nests on cliffs, bridges, and buildings.

darker on throat area; very streamlined flight (Spain; 2006-06-10)

forked tail is sometimes spread, sometimes not (Spain; 2006-06-10)

chasing pair, with the trailer showing the buffy rump (Spain; 2006-06-10)

mud nest; note the foyer or entry-way (Spain; 2006-06-10)
some rufous coloration on throat and underwing (Spain; 2006-06-10)