January 26-February 1, 2013
Red-rumped Swallow by Baiju Patil
Caught in the act of picking up mouthful of water, this Red-rumped Swallow Hirundo daurica is a passerine bird (perching birds, less accurately call songbirds) that belong to family Hirundinidae. Swallows are characterised by the strategy of aerial feeding, hawking insects easily thanks to their slender bodies and long, pointed wings that offer maneuverability, endurance and the ability to glide. Scientists say their body shape offers the advantage of roughly half the air resistance in flight that other passerines of comparable body size must contend with.