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bank swallow

a swallow, Riparia riparia, of the Northern Hemisphere, that nests in tunnels dug in sand or clay banks.
Origin of bank swallow
First recorded in 1645-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The bank swallow's nest, like the kingfisher's, which it resembles, is his home as well.

    Bird Neighbors Neltje Blanchan
  • The bank swallow is a bird of the air who tunnels the earth for a nesting-place.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • There are the common barn swallow, the eave swallow, tree swallow and bank swallow.

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • The holes are perforated, not in the banks like the bank swallow, but are like rat holes over the whole of the islands.

  • The bank swallow also lays white eggs, as does the chimney swallow, the white-bellied swallow, and the purple martin.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • The eggs cannot with certainty be distinguished from those of the bank swallow.

    Bird Guide: Land Birds East of the Rockies

    Chester A. (Chester Albert) Reed
  • The bank swallow and chimney swift are smaller and less conspicuous than the martin, less noisy but quite as useful.

  • Where river or road has left a bank, its face may be dotted with the entrances to the bank swallow's dwellings.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman
  • With the general appearance of the bank swallow, but slightly larger, grayer below, and with no breast-band.

    What Bird is That? Frank M. Chapman

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