Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Australia: Swallows and Swifts

Welcome Swallow - a longer-tailed, browner-winged version of our Pacific Swallow.

Fairy Martins - adults (perched bird) and juvs.

White-throated Needletails are scarce migrants in Malaysia and the commonest swift in winter in Australia.

The commonest needletail in Malaysia is Brown-backed, which is larger than White-throated and lacks a white throat. Structurally, White-throated is a much more compact bird than Brown-backed, with less head and tail projection,as this composite shows (Brown-backed on the left).

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