Body length: 13-15 cm
Body mass: 15-22 g
Appearance: black upperparts, white belly and throat, white rump and forked tail
Very common and familiar breeding bird, as it typically nests in villages and on edges of towns. Though a ”people’s friend” thanks to capacity to eat large numbers of flying insects, house martin disliked for messy nesting in eaves and by windows. Also under bridges. Nest made of clay and mud, interwoven with grass and feather-lined. Birds typically perch on wires. Usually has two broods a year. Winters in Africa.
Descriptions drawing on content of Ptaki Polski (“Birds of Poland”) - a book authored by Andrzej G. Kruszewicz, and published by MULTICO Oficyna Wydawnicza Sp. z o.o.