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Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica   - Adult in flight from below
Barn Swallow
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Rural community with secondary growth & ex-mining ponds, Kampung Gajah, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 31 December 2013
English synonyms:Common Swallow, Eurasian Swallow, European Chimney Swallow, European Swallow, House Swallow, Rustic Swallow, Swallow, Barnloft Swallow, Fork-tailed Swallow
Bird Family :Hirundininae - Martins & swallows
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :I usually do not attempt to image swallows when they are flying low over the ground but this flock caught my eye. They were hawking for insects after the grass had just been cut and for some reason decided that getting close to me would be a “macho” activity. So, as they took turns to fly past, I tried my best to grab some images. The majority were adults but lacked the usually tail-streamers with a little more rufous below, making me think that they may be H. r. tytleri. But not really uniformly rufous as you’d expect. A number were juveniles. - Amar

Possibly an intergrade. - Ed.

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