Welcome swallows build their nests on vertical walls – natural or artificial – usually tucked close under a roof. The nests are made of mud, transported a beakful at a time and pressed into place row by row, giving a distinctive textured pattern. Dry grass leaves help hold it together. Only the female incubates and broods the young, but both adults feed the growing chicks.
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Photograph by Peter Reese
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