Cliff Swallow, Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Range of the Cliff Swallow
The Cliff Swallow is found throughout California
except n the southern deserts and at higher elevations.
Migration of the Cliff Swallow
The Cliff swallow spends the winter from around
October through February in south America.
Diet of the Cliff Swallow
The Cliff Swallow eats flying insects. They can
often be seen flyng only around under freeway overpasses and bridges.
They are sensitive to cold snaps as many of the insects they eat die.
They also drink water.
attract the Cliff Swallow
to your garden
The Cliff Swallow is especially attracted to
stucco buildings. These provide excellent surface areas for the nests to cling to. You also need a
muddy area in your yard or near your home. For most people this is easy
as their neighbors usually have a lawn that they over water. (If there
is moss, than they are watering too much.)
Habitat/ Plant community of the
The Cliff Swallow uses open areas especially
near water where insects and mud are plentiful.
Nesting habitat used by the Cliff
The Cliff Swallow builds a mud nest so they need
a nest location close to a wet area where mud is available.
Agricultural areas and riparian areas are usually nearby. They
especially like freeway overpasses. These provide excellent nesting
locations. The under the eaves of buildings are popular. Their nests
need some protection from the elements as they are only made of mud and
may dissolve under the full brunt of rain.