(Hirundo tahitica neoxena)
The Welcome Swallow is native to NZ arriving here from Australia in the 1950s. They are a small bird that is often found swirling low in groups over open water, crops or sitting on wires. They build cup shaped mud nests that hang from almost any vertical surface. During breeding season both parents feed the chicks.
Welcome Swallows have metallic blue wings, a red chest (predominant in males during breeding) pale underside and a deeply forked tail.
At Cornwall Park they can be seen around Huia Lodge and sitting on fence wires, they often nest at the Information Sign by the Archery Club carpark. They like to live in the open country especially near water.
They feed on insects, blowflies, midges, beetles and moths these are often caught on the wing.
A high, subdued 'zwitt' and chattering.