RE: NOT a Barn Swallow

To: "'ozbird'" <>
Subject: RE: NOT a Barn Swallow
From: "Conole, Lawrie" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 1997 12:49:14 +1000
> proved to be a Welcome Swallow with unusual amounts of dark on the
> chest and
> a paler central and lower belly than normal. It also had dark centres
> to a
> number of undertail coverts and pale grey flanks, as well as lacking
> white
> underwing coverts. The chest band was not as uniformly solid on its
> lower
> end as we had been led to believe, and the distribution of rufous in
> the
> lower ear covert region was also too extensive to be Barn.  
It sounds very much like an oddly marked bird I saw associating with
Tree Martins near Ballarat in 1994.  I speculated at the time in "The
Bird Observer" about it being a hybrid Barn/Welcome Swallow, but maybe
there are just a few wierd ones out there.

Lawrie Conole
Geelong, Victoria, Australia

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