adult; no sexual dimorphism; rufous on head (California, USA; 2006-05-13)

American Cliff Swallow
Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: nests colonially under cliffs or bridges, with each nest constructed of mud and built complete with a roof and an atrium or tunnel-like entrance; migrates long distances from its breeding grounds in the USA and Canada to wintering grounds in southern South America; an active flyer that feeds on insects while in flight.

buffy rump patch evident in flight (California, USA; 2007-05-27)
creamy-gray belly, creamy forehead patch (California, USA; 2007-04-29)

fresh gourd-shaped nests made of mud (California, USA; 2007-11-23)

old decaying nests clustered under a bridge (California, USA; 2009-07-11)