Violet-green Swallow

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Genus: Tachycineta
Species: thalassina

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
iLa. hirundo a swallow
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. takhus fast, swift
Gr. kinetos move
iGr. kinetes mover
Gr. thalassa the sea
Gr. thalassinos sea green
La. thalassinus sea green

Painting of violet-green swallows one perched on a single branch and more flying high in the background.
About five inches long. Dark metallic green crown and upper parts. Glossed violet above their rump. White face patches, behind the eyes, underside and either side of their rump.
USGS map shows violet-green swallows inhabit western US and Canada.
Inhabit forests, mountains, farms and towns from Alaska and the Yukon throughout the western mountain states to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. Winters from California to Central America
Feed on on flying insects which they chase in aerobatic maneuvers high over forests, fields and canyons. They rarely forage on the ground.

Migrate and winter from Mexico to Honduras, sometimes as far as Costa Rica and Panama.

Were reported seen flying with swifts above San Lorenzo ridge in the Santa Marta Mountains of Colombia in January 1983 (B. Whitney and R. Ridgely)

Painting of violet-green swallows preying on high flying insects with sun lit clouds in the background.
Build nests of grass and feathers in natural or abandoned tree cavities in deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests or in cliff crevices. Like the tree swallow, this bird readily accepts bird houses.

Females lay four or five white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about three weeks.

The Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse (same as for Tree Swallow), has a 5″ by 5″ floor, 8″ inside floor to ceiling, 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount on a tree or post in open woodlands or hang from a tree branch or under an eave between four and twenty feet high with partial sun and shade.

Remove the nest and clean the box after the brood rearing seasons are over. Sparrows, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and wrens also may use this box.

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Violet-green Swallow

Painting of violet-green swallows one perched on a single branch and more flying high in the background.
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Genus: Tachycineta
Species: thalassina

La. passer sparrow, small bird
iLa. forma form, kind, species
La. hirundo a swallow
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
Gr. takhus fast, swift
Gr. kinetos move
iGr. kinetes mover
Gr. thalassa the sea
Gr. thalassinos sea green
La. thalassinus sea green

About five inches long. Dark metallic green crown and upper parts. Glossed violet above their rump. White face patches, behind the eyes, underside and either side of their rump.
USGS map shows violet-green swallows inhabit western US and Canada.
Inhabit forests, mountains, farms and towns from Alaska and the Yukon throughout the western mountain states to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. Winters from California to Central America
Painting of violet-green swallows preying on high flying insects with sun lit clouds in the background.
Feed on on flying insects which they chase in aerobatic maneuvers high over forests, fields and canyons. They rarely forage on the ground.

Migrate and winter from Mexico to Honduras, sometimes as far as Costa Rica and Panama.

Were reported seen flying with swifts above San Lorenzo ridge in the Santa Marta Mountains of Colombia in January 1983 (B. Whitney and R. Ridgely)

Build nests of grass and feathers in natural or abandoned tree cavities in deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests or in cliff crevices. Like the tree swallow, this bird readily accepts bird houses.

Females lay four or five white eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and young leave the nest in about three weeks.

The Violet-green Swallow Birdhouse (same as for Tree Swallow), has a 5″ by 5″ floor, 8″ inside floor to ceiling, 1 1/2″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

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Assemble with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes. Secure hinged roof with shutter hooks for easy access.

Mount on a tree or post in open woodlands or hang from a tree branch or under an eave between four and twenty feet high with partial sun and shade.

Remove the nest and clean the box after the brood rearing seasons are over. Sparrows, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, downy woodpeckers and wrens also may use this box.

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