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Albrecht Manegold Walter Sudhaus, PhD
Class Aves Order Passeriformes Suborder Passeri (Oscines) Family Hirundinidae
Small to medium-sized, slender, streamlined birds with pointed wings, a small bill, and perching feet; excellent fliers that catch their insect prey on the wing
Body length ranges from about 3.9 to 9.4 in (10-24 cm); weight 0.4-2.1 oz (10-60 g)
Number of genera, species
15 genera; about 88 species
Usually found in open habitats near water, along forested rivers, in wooded savanna, and near cliffs and caves close to open areas with an abundant supply of insects
Critically Endangered: 1 species; Vulnerable: 4 species
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