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Jeff Wendorff's portfolio of Swallows, Martins and Saw-wings in the family Hirundininae.

Swallow Wiki

The swallows, martins, and saw-wings, or Hirundinidae, are a family of passerine birds found around the world on all continents, including occasionally in Antarctica. Highly adapted to high feeding, they have a distinctive appearance. The term Swallow is used colloquially in Europe as a synonym for the barn swallow. There are around 90 species of Hirundinidae, divided into 19 genera, with the greatest diversity found in Africa. They also occur on some oceanic islands. Many European and North American species are long-distance migrants; by contrast, the West and South African swallows are non-migratory.

Swallow Species Photographed

Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica
Lesser Striped Swallow, Cecropis abyssinica
Mangrove Swallow, Tachycineta albilinea
Mosque Swallow, Hirundo senegalensis
Purple Martin, Progne subis
Rock Martin, Hirundo fuligula
Southern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor
Violet-green Swallow, Tachycineta thalassina
White-headed Saw-wing, Psalidoprocne albiceps


Collective Noun for Swallows

A group of swallows can be called a “flight” or a “gulp” of swallows.

Bird Photography Workshops

I offer several photography workshops that feature birds all of over the world. Go check out Wildlife Workshops and find a bird photography workshop that suits your eye!
Barn Swallow, Hirundo rustica | Photo by Jeff WendorffBarn Swallow, Hirundo rustica | Photo by Jeff WendorffBarn Swallow, Hirundo rustica |  Photo by Jeff WendorffBarn Swallow, Hirundo rustica |  Photo by Jeff WendorffBarn Swallow, Hirundo rustica |  Photo by Jeff WendorffBarn Swallow, Hirundo rustica |  Photo by Jeff WendorffBarn Swallow, Hirundo rustica |  Photo by Jeff WendorffBarn Swallow, Hirundo rustica |  Photo by Jeff WendorffLesser Striped Swallow in KenyaLesser Striped Swallow in KenyaMangrove Swallow, Tachycineta albilinea |  Photo by Jeff WendorffMangrove Swallow, Tachycineta albilinea |  Photo by Jeff WendorffMangrove Swallow, Tachycineta albilinea |  Photo by Jeff WendorffMosque Swallow (Male) in KenyaMosque Swallow (Female) in KenyaPurple Martin (Female) iwith nesting materialPurple Martin (Male) in FlightRock Martin nesting in TanzaniaSouthern Rough-winged Swallow in PanamaTree Swallow, Tachycineta bicolor |  Photo by Jeff Wendorff