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Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Flight call description A low, buzzy, slightly rising "bjjeet", given singly or repeated in rapid succession. Variable.


Fig.1. New York June 20, 2001 (WRE).

"Bjjeet" call.



Diurnal calling sequences:

1. New York July 9, 1988 (WRE). Bird in flight.

2. Florida April 16, 1989 (WRE). Bird in flight.

3. New Jersey August 16, 2001 (MO). Perched bird with Carolina Wren singing in the background.

4. Maryland August 29, 2001 (MO). Perched bird.

5. Minnesota May 1986 (WRE). Identification uncertain. Either Rough-winged or Bank Swallow in flight with Ovenbird and House Wren in the background.


Similar species Similar to Dickcissel but longer, more liquid, and more rapidly repeated. See Cliff and Bank Swallows and buzz calls.


Behavior Primarily a diurnal migrant. Flight calls are given regularly by perched and flying birds during the day. Not known to give flight calls at night.