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Warou/Welcome swallow Hirundo neoxena

Native. Not threatened.

A rare vagrant until the early 1960's, this now familiar species is self-introduced, originating from Australia and is now classed as native.

They are a common sight around the area and are frequently seen around the Estuary, either singly, in loose groups or en- masse. Large gathering, usually on power lines tend to indicate some movement in or out of the area.

Swallows forage aerially for small flying insects swooping low over water or land. They drink by scooping fresh water from lake or pond.

Nests are built of mud and are usually attached to a vertical surface. Three to five eggs are laid and hatch after fifteen days. Chicks leave the nest at around eighteen days.


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