Real World Gardener Welcome Swallow in Wildlife in Focus

November 3rd, 2016

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at  and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.

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The Welcome Swallow is a native bird that makes a mixture of twittering and soft warbling notes.

The Welcome Swallow belongs to the family of Passerines which are Australia's songbirds.

Easily spotted flying low around sport’s fields and open grassy areas, it’s probably one you seen but probably not seen it still for long enough to make out its markings.

What is this bird?

Let’s find out .I'm talking with Dr Holly Parsons, Manager of

Welcome swallows belong to a group of songbirds and do have a lovely call if you ever hear them when they’re still.

They are mainly metallic blue black with a light grey chest but their characteristic feature is the lovely long forked tail, sometimes with spots.


They're on the wing the majority of the time catching their prey which is mainly insects.

They make mud nests on the sides of houses and buildings which can be a nuisance, however, they're only a short time in the nest, 2 - 3 weeks, so it's not that much of an inconvenience.

Remember that they are native and therefore a protected species.

Wait until the young swallows have fledged before removing the nest if it's in an awkward location.

The welcome swallow is found in most places of Australia and it’s only in Tasmania that they migrate across the Bass Strait for the winter.

Although there has been reports of young fledglings staying put in Tasmania for their first winter.

You can catch up that segment by listening to the podcast

If you have any questions about welcome swallows or have some information to share, drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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