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Boerenzwaluw Hirundo rustica

Foto: Kees Venneker


Hirundinidae [familie]
Hirundo [genus] (1/1)
rustica [soort]

Common in agricultural areas with abundant traditional farm buildings. Areas with dairy farming and mixed farming attract larger numbers, whereas large-scale arable land and areas with modern farms (often industrialised cattle-breeding) hold much lower densities. However, field methods used for this atlas are rather inaccurate to assess the abundance in this species. Data from a special Barn Swallow project point at a serious decline since the 1970s, mainly as a result of ongoing modernisation of farm buildings and in­creased hygienic demands put to farmers. Population size is poorly known, perhaps 100,000-200,000 bp.




Brink, B. van den


  • SOVON Vogelonderzoek Nederland 2002. Atlas van de Nederlandse broedvogels 1998-2000. Nederlandse Fauna 5: 1-584. Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum Naturalis, KNNV Uitgeverij & European Invertebrate Survey-Nederland, Leiden.