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Bahama Swallow

By Aidan R.

Mod Four

on 18 November 2011

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Bahama Swallow Roughly 15 centimeters long General colors are blue, green, and white. Their chirp is sharp and sounds like “chep” or “chi chep” They have slender bodies with long pointed wings Most of the swallow's diet consists of flying insects. Tachycineta cyaneoviridis By Aidan Ryan The females are significantly duller than the males with less pure white underparts. Males have dark green crowns, blue wings, a fork shaped tail, and white underparts. Bahama Swallow mothers usually lays eggs between mid-March to June.
Mothers lay about 3 eggs at a time that takes 15-17 days to hatch.
Young swallows have brown upperparts with a hint of green This species likes to nest in cavities already made by another species (example: woodpecker’s hole). Lives in the Southern tip of Florida and some of the Carribean islands. Bahama swallows usually like to nest in woods with many pine trees. They also like to nest in local towns and human habitats where holes to nest in are plentiful. These birds usually feed their young in the woodlands, in marshes, fields, and along the many coastlines available. There are many cays and islands in the Bahamas. On these cays or islands there is at least one source of water. Some sources include lagoons, mangrove swamps, coastal flats, and inter-tidal mudflats. These areas contain many bird species as well as mammals and reptiles.
The greatest threat to the Bahama Swallows is habitat destruction. Some key problems are hurricanes, logging, residential development, and forest fires. Hurricanes can wipe out an entire forest causing the swallows to be homeless. Logging is a huge problem because people come and literally cut down thier homes. There are is a chance some big building developments could take place on Grand Bahama, which destroy many more homes. Bibliography

http://www.animalpicturesarchive.com/WebImg/192/1215927992-t.jpg Conservation Efforts in Place

Starting in 1995, people made nests out of boxes trying to make up for the lost habitats of the Bahama Swallow. The people made exactly 227 boxes and in the end 3 boxes were inhabitated. My Thoughts

I think that the box idea was a great idea at first because the people tried to give them back thier homes. I don't think that it worked because only 3 birds inhabitated the 227 they made. I think that a good idea would have been to physically go out into the woods and drill holes into the trees. This would give the swallows more homes in a famliar place to them. Final Words

Although the Bahamas is a beautiful place, we need to keep the native species and rescources safe. As of right, now the Bahama Swllow is an endangered species in a beautiful but endangered place. People need to start giving this species more attention and need to do more to help it. Hopefully in a couple of years, this beautiful bird can be taken off the endangered species list. Interesting Facts
Groups of swallows can be called a gulp, herd, kettle, richness, and sord.
The Bahama Swallow is the most geographically restricted and naturally rare of all swallows.
Since it is endangered, it is illegal to kill, harm, or capture it.
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