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Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) Family: Swallow

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow Behavior

Tree Swallow Identification


Quick Bird Facts

  • Height: 5” - 6”
  • Weight: 1 oz.
  • Life Span: 4-6 years in wild
    > 12 in captivity
  • Flight Speed: 15-43 mph
  • Food: Mostly insects.
  • Habitat: Open areas near water, such as fields, marches, meadows, shorelines

Tree Swallow Profile

These medium-sized swallows are iridescent steely greenish-blue above and white below. Males are iridescent greenish, while females tend to be a mixture of brown and greenish-blue iridescence. They have a short black beak and dark reddish brown or brownish gray feet.

The tree swallow is a short-distance migrator. They gather in large flocks along the coast in the fall. They are the first swallows to reappear in the spring. Tree swallows are highly social and may form flocks of several thousand birds at nighttime roosts outside of the breeding season. However, they are strongly territorial during the breeding season.
The barn swallow call is a 
repetitive clipped chi-dit, chi-dit or wit-wit. Tree Swallow CallHear It Now! 
(Bird sounds courtesy of and copyrighted to www.naturesongs.com, 2014)

Tree Swallow Problems

Nests are typically built in cavities in dead or live trees (excavated earlier by woodpeckers or other species) or in hollow stumps over water. However, they can also be found under the eaves of buildings, in steel drums, fire hydrants, holes in the ground or nest boxes.

Tree Swallow Control

Swallows are a protected species under the Federal Law. You cannot disturb them once they lay their eggs in the nest. The most effective way to eliminate barn swallow problems is to take down the nests in the winter after they are gone and exclude them from returning by using products like BirdNet or Bird Spikes which eliminates their roosting spots. Other possible means to repel away large flocks of swallows is with combinations of audio-visual scare devices such as the ultrasonic bird repellers, QuadBlaster 4 or Ultrason X unit combined with a visual scare device like Terror Eyes holographic balloon. 

See our complete list below of recommended bird deterrent products to repel tree swallows.
To speak to a bird control professional, call BirdStoppers at 1-866-411-6287.
A "synergy" or combination of bird repellent products typically offer the most successful solution for repelling tree swallows. For bird control solutions, we often recommend using companion products by combining electronic sonic repeller devices or bird hazers with visual scare deterrents, physical bird barriers or scent and taste aversion products. This kind of multi-sensory attack is extremely effective in deterring pest tree swallows for good!

Electronic Sound Repellers

Electronic Sound Repellers

BirdXPeller ProBirdXPeller ProSonic bird repeller emits real bird distress calls and predator sounds to scare away birds for up to 1 acre.
QuadBlaster QB-4QuadBlaster QB-4Ultrasonic bird repeller blast birds and bats out of semi-enclosed, indoor areas with silent ultrasonic waves.
Ultrason XUltrason XOutdoor, ultrasonic bird control device uses "silent" high-pitch frequencies that only birds and bats can hear.
Visual Bird Scares

Visual Bird Scares

Bird BlazerBird BlazerElectronic laser bird control device covers large indoor spaces while distracting and confusing pest birds, rodents and bats.
Flock Off! UV PaintFlock Off! UV PaintUV reflective paint creates a visually intense barrier that birds instinctively avoid.
Terror EyesTerror EyesVisual scare predator, menacing 3D balloon with holographic eyes repels pest birds and small animals.
Physical Bird Barriers & Roost Inhibitors

Physical Bird Barriers & Roost Inhibitors

Bird Netting - Standard MeshBird Netting - Standard MeshStandard Mesh, 3/4" bird netting is perfect to protect areas around the home or garden from birds.
Plastic Bird SpikesPlastic Bird SpikesPlastic bird spikes create a physical barrier to prevent birds from landing on rooftops and ledges.
Shock TapeShock TapeAdhesive-backed conductive tape sends a low voltage zap to stop birds from perching on surfaces.
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