Barn Swallow

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Barn Swallow
European subspecies,
H. r. rustica in Denmark
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Hirundinidae
Genus: Hirundo
Species: H. rustica
Binomial name
Hirundo rustica
Linnaeus, 1758
Hirundo rustica

The Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) is the most widespread species of swallow that can be found worldwide. A distinctive passerine bird with blue upperparts, a long, deeply forked tail and curved, pointed wings, it is found in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. The Barn Swallow is the national bird of Estonia.