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Southern Nevada today. I thought these were rough-wing swallows which are the most common here. Merlin says 3 of these are violet-green swallows, which I've seen here but only at much higher elevation. Merlin says the last one is a cliff swallow.  Thanks!

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  1. Violet-green Swallow - note the white under the tail (Rough-winged Swallows have a brown under-tail)

  2. Is that the top or bottom of the bird?

  3. Violet-green Swallow - note the white on the lower back

  4. Cliff Swallow

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Ah yes, could be, sorry.  🙂  They were swirling around so much I was just trying to get some identifying shots.  It's been a long time since I've seen anything except rough-wing. I've seen cliff swallows in California, but never in Nevada. Although looking at the ebird hotspot graph data, they've been seen in this location in February before. Thanks.

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Violet-green Swallow (VGSW)

Cliff Swallow (CLSW)

VGSW

CLSW

Size, shape, and structure are really useful in swallow ID -- the ABA Area has no two swallow species of regular occurrence that are the same in these features. The second bird's short-necked appearance along with wide-based wings and stocky body is the same as in the bird in the 4th pic.

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20 hours ago, Tony Leukering said:

Violet-green Swallow (VGSW)

Cliff Swallow (CLSW)

VGSW

CLSW

Size, shape, and structure are really useful in swallow ID -- the ABA Area has no two swallow species of regular occurrence that are the same in these features. The second bird's short-necked appearance along with wide-based wings and stocky body is the same as in the bird in the 4th pic.

agreed

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