|A Barn Swallow collecting nest material in Germany|
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The bird genus Hirundo is a group of passerines in the family Hirundinidae (swallows and martins). These are the typical swallows, including the widespread Barn Swallow. Many of this group have blue backs, red on the face and sometimes the rump or nape, and whitish or rufous underparts. With fourteen species this genus is the largest in its family.
Genetic evidence has recently shown that many of the species previously included in Hirundo are less closely related than their appearance might suggest; these species are sometimes treated in the separate genera Cecropis (e.g. Red-rumped Swallow Cecropis daurica, previously Hirundo daurica) and Petrochelidon (e.g. Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota, previously Hirundo pyrrhonota); they are as distinct from typical Hirundo as the House Martins in the genus Delichon.
- Blue Swallow Hirundo atrocaerulea
- Black-and-rufous Swallow Hirundo nigrorufa
- Pied-winged Swallow Hirundo leucosoma
- White-tailed Swallow Hirundo megaensis
- Pearl-breasted Swallow Hirundo dimidiata
- Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
- Pacific Swallow Hirundo tahitica
- Hill Swallow, Hirundo domicola
- White-throated Swallow Hirundo albigularis
- Wire-tailed Swallow Hirundo smithii
- White-bibbed Swallow Hirundo nigrita
- Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
- Angolan Swallow Hirundo angolensis
- Red-chested Swallow Hirundo lucida
- Ethiopian Swallow Hirundo aethiopica
- ^ John H. Boyd III (January 3, 2012). "SYLVOIDEA I: Stenostiridae through Loucestellidae". TiF Checklist. Retrieved 8-08-2020. Check date values in:
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- del Hoyo et al., eds. (2004). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Lynx Edicions. ISBN 84-87334-69-5
- A. Turner & C. Rose (1989). Swallows and Martins. Helm. ISBN 0747032025
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