Size:  5.5”

Plumage/Description:  Male and female plumage similar.  In flight the one characteristic that makes identifying this species fairly easy is the pale Rufous/buffy color on the rump.  Dark head, short dark tail and long dark wings which can appear to be either black or blue, depending on light conditions.  Deep Rufous color on the forehead and face.  Underside of wings, breast and belly are pale gray.

Habitat:  Suburban, Residential, Riparian/Deciduous

Time of year:  Spring, Summer, early fall

Relative Abundance:  Common.

Behavior:  Frequently seen in small, loose flocks as they forage for food while flying.  Like all other swallows species employs an ‘aerial foraging’ technique when feeding.  Erratic flight pattern as they twists and turn to catch flying insects on the wing.  A colonial nester, building mud nests on buildings and bridges.

Diet:  Insects

Similar species:  Other swallow species found in Northern Arizona.

Best Sites:  Prescott YMCA on Division Street, Watson Woods and Watson Lake, Prescott Lakes Parkway bridge over Granite Creek.