Cliff Swallow

Hirundo pyrrhonota

This species is casual in the Pribilofs, as it is recorded on average once out of every three or four years. A widespread breeder across Alaska south of the Seward Peninsula, Cliff Swallows should be looked for in spring, during periods of strong East or Northeast winds. On Saint Paul swallows tend to occur either over lakes or along the shorelines or cliff faces. Look for the bright buffy rump, pale forehead and square tail to separate this species from the other swallow which can occur over the Bering Sea.