(Hirunda riparia, Linn.—L'Hirondelle de rivage, Buff.)
LENGTH about four inches and three quarters. Bill dark horn colour; head, neck, breast, and back mouse colour; over each eye is a light streak; throat and fore part of the neck white, as are the belly and vent; wings and tail brown; feet smooth and dark brown.
This is the smallest, as well as the least numerous of our Swallows. It frequents the steep sandy banks of rivers, in the sides of which it makes deep holes, and places the nest at the end; it is carelessly constructed of straw, dry grass, and feathers; the female lays five or six white eggs, almost transparent, and is said to have only one brood in the year.
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