Wild South Florida — Tree Swallow
 
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Tree swallows are small song birds that spend their winters in South Florida. They’re streamlined in shape, with a comparatively large, stocky head. Tree swallows have a dark, bluish-green backside and a white underside.

They may be confused with female purple martins, which have a similar dark/light color pattern, but the purple martin is a grayish or dirty white on the underside, while tree swallows are more of a pure white. The beak on the purple martin is more stout, while the tree swallow is thin and flat. The tail is square or slightly notched.

Tree swallows are fairly common; look for them at Green Cay flying about for food or roosting on special houses built for swallows.

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