by Adele Barger Wilson, author of Bonding with the Barn Swallows
© 2014 Adele Wilson
Although the name of this species is "the Barn Swallow", these endearing birds are just called "Swallows" in the British Isles. In some other parts of Europe they are called "Smoke Swallows". Here in America they are called "Barn Swallows".
There are different subspecies of Barn Swallows. Our North American Barn Swallows comprise one of the subspecies.
Barn Swallows exist on all continents except Antarctica. They spend winters in Australia, but do not breed there. After they arrive in Australia, it is summer there. That is because the summer months in the Southern Hemisphere are the same as the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere.
Here are some books about Barn Swallows. The first two were written by me and focus on the North American Barn Swallow subspecies. The third and fourth include many detailed, scientific findings about this species of swallows as a whole. The fifth book is about all types of swallows and martins, which belong to the same family.
In my next blog, I will feature children's books about Barn Swallows.