Key information: Like the Barn Swallow, the House Martin does not spend a lot of time on the ground, and can be seen flying or sitting on electricity wires. It is slightly smaller than the Barn Swallow with a shorter forked tail. It passes through Cyprus during migration and many stay here to nest. Its nest is similar to the Barn Swallow, but more closed and with a smaller entrance.
Length: 13,5 – 15 cm
Habitat: Towns and villages, farmland, mountains and forests
When they can be seen: Spring, summer, autumn
What they eat: Invertebrates
In Cyprus: Can be seen mostly in villages in mountainous and semi-mountainous areas
Status: Migrant breeder, passage migrant
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis