Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)

A migratory bird native to North America. Nests in natural cavities in trees and artificial cavities. Its mostly insects which it catches and swallows in flight. Migrates South with arrival of winter.

How To Identify

Both female and male have white belly. Males back is metal blue while females back is dark brown.

Where and When to Spot

In all parks around Montreal. Open areas like fields and water surface near ponds and rivers. This bird flies fast and erratic while scanning the air for insects and catching them.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • ile-saint-bernard

    Saturday, May 12, 2018

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/640s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 100

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, May 5, 2018

    NIKON D500
    TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N

    Focal Length 500mm
    Shutter Speed 1/2000s
    Aperture f6.3
    ISO 200