Tachycineta thalassina

The Violet-Green Swallow is a relatively small Northwest American bird. Mature males have a white face and green upperparts and a purple rump. Females and juvenile birds are duller on the upperparts, sometimes just gray. They are common in a variety of open habitats, often foraging over meadows or ponds. They can be seen in large flocks, sometimes mixed with other species of swallow.

The distinct body shape of swallows distinguishes them from other passerine birds. Their long pointed wings and slim, streamlined body evolved to catch insects while in flight. The body of the Violet-Green Swallow is no exception. With an average body length of 5¼ inches, the Violet-Green Swallow is slightly shorter and appears more compact in flight compared to other members of the family Hirundinidae. The violet-green swallow most closely resembles the North American tree swallow, but can be distinguished by its shorter wings and colouration.

Our Violet-Green Swallow illustration was created by Hazel Cline, graphic designer and illustrator at Lara J Designs.

Visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website to see pictures of the Violet-Green Swallow and listen to its calls and songs!

Hazel Cline, Graphic Designer, Website Developer & Illustrator at Lara J Designs

Hazel Cline

“I chose the Violet-Green Swallow because its feathers are my two favorite colors, Violet and Green! Plus, this swallow is an absolutely adorable bird and elegant in flight.”