Any one of numerous species of passerine birds of the family Hirundinidæ, especially one of those species in which the tail is deeply forked. They have long, pointed wings, and are noted for the swiftness and gracefulness of their flight.
The graceful insectivorous aerialists of the family Hirundinidæ. Represented in the BWCA by two breeding species of summer, the Tree Swallow ( Iridoprocne bicolor), and the Barn Swallow ( Hirundo rustica). Jashâwanibissi in the Ojibwe.
The swallows and martins are a group of passerine birds in the family Hirundinidae which are characterised by their adaptation to aerial feeding. Swallow is also used in Europe as a synonym for the Barn Swallow.