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20101006Da_EL_024=_MG_11495_Fairy_Martin_approaching_bottle_nest-Brisbane_Australia_EL+PS.jpg
Fairy Martin approaches its nest - Brisbane, Australia.  // Fairy Martin - Hirundinidae: Petrochelidon ariel. Length to 12cm, wingspan to NNcm, weight to 11g. Occurs throughout Australia as a resident or nomad. Feeds upon insects caught in the air. Usually found near water. Nesting colonies may contain a few or hundreds of the characteristic bottle-shaped nests made from mud pellets, placed in an overhang of some sort - under bridges, in culverts, in a shallow cave, under buildings, under eaves of buildings. Nomadic to southern Australia and southern New Guinea. Similar to the Tree Martin (P. nigricans), but has a rusty head, clean white rump and underparts, and a pipit-like churring call. IUCN Status: Least Concern.  //Eric Lindgren//