- the bank swallow.
Origin of sand martin
First recorded in 1660–70
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Examples from the Web for sand martin
The sand-martin, the house-martin's cousin, prefers the side of a cliff.The Children's Book of London
Geraldine Edith Mitton
The sand-martin arrives much about the same time with the swallow, and lays, as she does, from four to six white eggs.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 2
The sand-martin has several broods in the year, and is more regular than other Hirundinidae in its departure for the south.
Perhaps the word "build" is scarcely the right one, inasmuch as the nest is even more simple than that of the sand-martin.Bible Animals;
J. G. Wood
The Indian sand-martin (Cotile sinensis) is, I believe, the smallest of the swallow tribe.Jungle Folk
- a small brown European songbird, Riparia riparia, with white underparts: it nests in tunnels bored in sand, river banks, etc: family Hirundinidae (swallows and martins)
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