Welcome Swallow (species: Hirundo (Hirundo) neoxena) in Mares Forest NP (Gaia Guide)
Hirundo (Hirundo) neoxena
Welcome Swallow

©Leo: A Welcome Swallow on the wheel of the Pilot's boat at Eden harbour, Bega Valley, New South Wales, Australia

©Alec Brennan: Welcome Swallow (Hirundo (Hirundo) neoxena)

©Malcolm Tattersall: Welcome Swallow hunting on the wing in Australia
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Hirundinidae
Genus Hirundo
Species Hirundo (Hirundo) neoxena
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is metallic blue-black above, light grey below on the breast and belly, and rusty on the forehead, throat and upper breast. It has a long forked tail, with a row of white spots on the individual feathers. (Wikipedias)


  • Up to 15 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is a species native to Australia and nearby islands, and self-introduced into New Zealand in the middle of the twentieth century.

This species breeds in southern and eastern Australia in a variety of habitats, mostly in open areas, man made clearings or urban environments, but not desert or dense forest. Eastern populations are largely migratory, wintering in northern Australia. Western birds and those in New Zealand are mainly sedentary. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: abundant

Audio recordings


Short burst of song from a bird flying over

© Matthias Feuersenger


These birds are extremely agile fliers, which feed on insects while in flight. They often fly fast and low to the ground on open fields in large circles or figure eight patterns. They will often swoop around animals or people in the open. (Wikipedia)

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