The cliff swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) is a common to locally common breeder in the northern portions of BCR 14. It prefers open areas such as grassy meadows or water bodies for feeding on insects. It will nest wherever there is an appropriate vertical substrate with an overhang. It will also use structures such as bridges. The availability of large open areas will likely be the limiting factor in the future. It is listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in one or more states in BCR 14.

Habitat Needs

This bird requires a vertical substrate with an overhang for nesting, a mud supply nearby for nest construction, fresh water with a smooth surface for drinking, and open foraging areas near the nest-site for feeding. It will use structures for nesting but prefers river banks or cliffs. It is primarily a non-forest user.

Its territory size equates to the size of the nest. Cliff swallows have been observed up to 4 miles from the nesting site.

Silvicultural Practices

  • No silvicultural practices apply, with the possible exception of large clearcuts serving as foraging areas for the first 1 or 2 years.

Additional Information

Forest Types