Binomial name: Hirundo tahitica, Johann Friedrich Gmelin, 1789
The Pacific swallow (Hirundo tahitica) is a small passerine bird in the swallow family. It breeds in tropical southern Asia and the islands of the south Pacific. It is resident apart from some local seasonal movements. This bird is associated with coasts, but is increasingly spreading to forested uplands. The hill swallow was formerly considered conspecific.
This species is a small swallow at 13 cm. It has a blue back with browner wings and tail, a red face and throat, and dusky underparts. It differs from the barn swallow and the closely related welcome swallow in its shorter and less forked tail.
The Pacific swallow builds a neat cup-shaped nest, constructed with mud pellets collected in the beak, under a cliff ledge or on a man-made structures such as a building, bridge or tunnel. The nest is lined with softer material, and the clutch is two to three eggs, up to four in Sri Lanka. It is similar in behaviour to other aerial insectivores, such as other swallows and the unrelated swifts. It is a fast flyer and feeds on insects, especially flies, while airborne.
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Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Aves Order Passeriformes Family Hirundinidae Genus Hirundo Species Hirundo tahitica
Least Concern (IUCN3.1)
Pacific swallow - Pak Thale
Ao Phang-Nga National Park Bang Lang National Park Bang Phra Non-Hunting Area Bang Pu Recreation Centre Bangkok Province Budo - Su-ngai Padi National Park Bueng Boraped Non-Hunting Area Chaiya District, Surat Thani Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park Hala-Bala Wildlife Sanctuary Hat Chao Mai National Park Hat Noppharat Thara - Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park Hat Yai District, Songkhla Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Kaeng Krachan National Park Kapong District, Phang Nga Khanom District, Nakhon Si Thammarat Khao Laem Ya National Park Khao Lak - Lam Ru National Park Khao Luang National Park Khao Nam Khang National Park Khao Phra - Bang Khram Wildlife Sanctuary Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Khao Sok National Park Khlong Hoi Khong District, Songkhla Khlong Phanom National Park Khlong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary Khung Kraben Non-Hunting Area Khura Buri District, Phang Nga Klaeng District, Rayong Ko Chang District, Trat Ko Lanta National Park Ko Libong Ko Phayam Ko Phra Thong Ko Samui District, Surat Thani Ko Sichang District, Chonburi Ko Tao Kui Buri National Park Laem Ngop District, Trat Laem Pak Bia Laem Son National Park Mu Ko Chang National Park Mu Ko Chumphon National Park Mu Ko Phetra National Park Mu Ko Samet National Park Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai Mueang Chonburi District, Chonburi Mueang Chumphon District, Chumphon Mueang Krabi District, Krabi Mueang Pattani District, Pattani Mueang Phang Nga District, Phang Nga Mueang Phatthalung District, Phatthalung Mueang Phuket District, Phuket Mueang Prachuap Khiri Khan District, Prachuap Khiri Khan Mueang Ranong District, Ranong Mueang Samut Songkhram District, Samut Songkhram Mueang Satun District, Satun Mueang Surat Thani District, Surat Thani Mueang Trat District, Trat Namtok Phlio National Park Nong Bong Khai Non-Hunting Area Nong Plak Phra Ya – Khao Raya Bangsa Non-Hunting Nong Yai Area Development Project Under Royal Init Pak Phanang District, Nakhon Si Thammarat Pak Thale Pathio District, Chumphon Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Phunphin District, Surat Thani Samae San Island Samut Prakan Province Sathing Phra District, Songkhla Sattahip District, Chonburi Sawi District, Chumphon Si Racha District, Chonburi Sikao District, Trang Similan Islands Sirinat National Park Sri Phang-nga National Park Sukhirin District, Narathiwat Surin Islands Takua Pa District, Phang Nga Tarutao National Marine Park Tha Phae District, Satun Thai Mueang District, Phang Nga Thalang District, Phuket Thale Ban National Park Thale Noi Non-Hunting Area Than Sadet - Koh Pha-Ngan National Park Wat Phai Lom & Wat Ampu Wararam Non-Hunting Area Yan Ta Khao District, Trang Range map of Hirundo tahitica in Thailand
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