Violet-green Swallow

Male Violet-green Swallow on bare branch.
Male Violet-green swallow on branch.

NPS Photo / Rachel Ames

Size: 4.5-5”
Description: Greenish-bronze back, an iridescent violet rump, green head, gray wings and white underparts. Males have white cheeks, while females and juveniles have dusky cheeks.
Migratory Status: Summer residents of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Habitat: Breed mostly in aspen forests and around cliffs but also live in open coniferous and montane riparian forests to 10,000 feet and occasionally 13,000 feet.
Diet: Forage in the air and eat mostly insects that they catch in flight.

Last updated: August 23, 2018

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