White-backed Swallows are uncommon seasonal migrants, arriving in small numbers to breed along the waterways of central Victoria each year. They can be seen flying in mixed flocks with Welcome Swallows and Fairy Martins along the Loddon at the moment. It’s their calls, described as a dry ‘jk jk’ in Pizzey, that generally alerts me to their presence. They are highly acrobatic, even more agile in the air than martins. White-backed Swallows nest in earthen tunnels, usually modest flattened openings on sections of eroding river bank – often in small, loose colonies.
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