• Incubation: 14-16 days
• Clutch Size: 4-5 eggs
• Young Fledge: 21-24 days after hatching
• Typical Foods: insects
This swallow has a rusty or buffy colored rump, a dark throat and a tail that looks square when in flight.
Habitat and Habits
Cliff swallows hunt over the open water of rivers and lakes, while bridges, dams and other water structures provide nesting spots. Calls have a sweet, scratchy quality, quite unlike other Ohio swallows. A rough grating call is often given near the nest.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
The nest is a gourd-shaped structure made of mud lined with feathers and placed on a sheltered cliff face or under eaves. Like other swallows, the cliff swallow nests in colonies.