Hirundo rustica – The Barn Swallow

Foto: Osvaldo Negra
It isn’t a big secret that swallow can fly, even that they can fly over vast distances. But did you know that they use barrels stuck in the sands of the Sahara hoping for shelter from sandstorms? That they feed on something called air plankton and that they have built in lights in their beaks? Barbara Geiger travelled far and wide to get to the airy bottom of swallows’ world and she has come up with some astonishing answers live from those worldwide wind wanderers the barn swallow, flying acrobats  Hirundo rustica – The Barn Swallow and swift messengers and harbingers of changing seasons. Barn swallows are true migrators, calling Europe and Africa their home.