Swallow FAQs:


Q: Is a swallow used colloquially in Europe as a synonym for the barn swallow?

A: Yes.

Q: Are swallows monogamous?

A: Yes, and pairs of non-migratory species often stay near their breeding area all year, though the nest site is defended most vigorously during the breeding season.

Q: Are swallows tolerated by humans because of their beneficial role as insect-eaters?

A: Yes, and some species have readily adapted to nesting in and around human habitation.

Q: Are swallows a "flight" or "sweep"?

A: Yes.

Q: Are swallows land-based birds?

A: Yes, so their appearance informs a sailor that he is close to shore.

Q: Are swallows excellent flyers?

A: Yes, and use these skills to feed and attract a mate.

Q: Are swallows a good omen to those at sea?

A: Yes.

Q: Are swallows insectivorous?

A: Yes, and taking flying insects on the wing.

Q: Are swallows non-migratory?

A: Yes.

Q: Are swallows capable of walking and even running?

A: Yes, but they do so with a shuffling, waddling gait.

Q: Are swallows able to produce many different calls or songs?

A: Yes, and which are used to express excitement, to communicate with others of the same species, during courtship, or as an alarm when a predator is in the area.

Q: Are swallows a simple?

A: Yes, and sometimes musical twittering.

Q: Are swallows considered a possibility even by as acute an observer as Rev?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a swallow called the "bird of freedom" because it cannot endure captivity and will only mate in the wild?

A: Yes.