Category Archive: Hirundinidae

Nov 24 2013

The Story of the Swallow and Holy Mother Sunday

In this tale the swallow was originally a servant of Holy Sunday. Holy Sunday, going to church, told her servant, whom she had left at home, that she was to prepare the dinner for her, and that she should take care that it should neither be too hot nor too cold, but just as she …

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Nov 24 2013

The Story of the Young Maiden and her Husband the Demon

Once upon a time there was a widow who had one only child. She had a flock of sheep and a magic dog. The widow died, and the girl was left quite alone. So she took the flock of sheep and went to feed them in the mountain, accompanied only by her faithful little dog. …

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Nov 24 2013

The Story of Lady Mary and the Wicked Stepmother

It is a story of a mother-in-law, who, like all mothers-in-law, treated her daughter-in-law in a most cruel manner. Whatever the young woman did was not right. Her mother-in-law persecuted her from morning till evening, and gave her neither peace nor rest. One day, seeing that she could not get rid of her by any …

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Nov 11 2013

Children that became Swallows, but remained near us

Once upon a time some Eskimo children were playing in the wet clay by the seashore. They were making tiny toy houses of the clay. These houses they fastened high on the face of the cliff. The children chattered and laughed. They ran gaily to and fro in their happy play. The people of the …

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Oct 31 2013

Barn Swallow folk lore poster

This poster shows a drawing by John Gould. We have added some folk lore stories about this cosmopolitan bird.

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May 17 2013

Bird stories, House Martin (Delichon urbicum)

Canadian Eskimo’s say that in the long ago, before it had all been quite settled whether the human creatures on this earth of ours were to remain in human form or to take the form of birds and animals, or whether the birds and animals were to be changed into human creatures, a group of …

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May 02 2013

Bird stories, more Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

The Basques tell that once upon a time a bit of straw was blown into the Blessed Virgins eye. The redbreast (in Basque Chindorra), who was sitting on a bush close at hand, beheld her tears. What did he do? He flew off at once to tell the swallow, and then, carrying in his bill …

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May 02 2013

Bird stories, the Barn Swallow

A species of marmot is native in Poland and in nearby Galicia, as well as in the lands to the east as far as central Asia. It is also very common in Eastern Siberia. There, as elsewhere, the little animal is called Bobac. Under the shoulder of the Bobac, in the flesh, may be found …

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Dec 27 2011

Tree Swallows (Tachycineta bicolor) are breeding earlier at Creamer’s FieldMigratory Waterfowl Refuge, Fairbanks, AK

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) Science Article 4 abstract We examined the average annual lay, hatch, and fledge dates of tree swallows(Tachycineta bicolor) breeding in Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge inFairbanks, AK from 2000 through 2008. From 2000 to 2008, lay and hatch dateexhibited a significant negative relationship, indicating that the timing of swallowreproduction has advanced …

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Dec 27 2011

Age-related differences in plumage characteristics of male treeswallows Tachycineta bicolor: hue and brightness signal differentaspects of individual quality

Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) Science Article 11 abstract Age-related differences in plumage characteristics of birds can be the result of differential survival of more ornamented individuals, within-individual changes in plumage attributes with age, or a combination of both. In this study, we investigated age-class related differences in plumage attributes of male tree swallows Tachycineta bicolor …

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