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While photographing Tree Swallows and Barn Swallows in flight, I'd occasionally see a "brown" Swallow.  The brown ones always confuse me.  Is it an immature bird, or an adult Northern Rough-winged Swallow?  Seen at DeSoto NWR, south of Missouri Valley, IA, last Wednesday.  Although the first pic shows off the bird the best, I'm not 100% certain it's the same bird as in the other pics.  The pics posted in the reverse order from what was uploaded.

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Pics didn't post in the order they were uploaded.
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This looks like a Tree Swallow in everything but color. Maybe it has a plumage disorder? It's closer to a bank in plumage, but has almost no chest band. Do swallows hybridize, because if they do, this could be one.

 

Edit has run out. Juvenile Tree Swallows can have a breast band. Never knew that.

agreed

 

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