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2009-05-08 11:55:00

Naming South Korea's swallows a national treasure will highlight their decline and help protect habitat, the nation's Cultural Heritage Administration said. The swallow, once a familiar site in South Korean life, has nearly disappeared in many areas of the country, said Lee In-kyu, a heritage spokesman. The swallow in Korean classical literature is described as a messenger that brings news of a person's reward for good deeds and news of punishment for bad deeds, The Chosun IIbo reported...


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2006-07-30 13:28:28

The Cliff Swallow, Petrochelidon pyrrhonota, is a member of the perching bird family Hirundinidae. It breeds in North America and Mexico, and is migratory, wintering in southern South America. This species has always been plentiful in the west of North America, where there are many natural sites, but the abundance in the east has varied. These birds average 5 inches long with a tiny bill. The adult has a shimmering blue back and crown, brown wings and tail, and buff rump. The nape and...

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2006-07-30 13:27:02

The Red-rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica, or Hirundo daurica) is a small perching bird in the swallow family. It breeds in open hilly country of temperate southern Europe and Asia from Portugal and Spain to Japan, India and tropical Africa. The Indian and African birds are resident, but European and other Asian birds are migratory. They winter in Africa or India. Red-rumped Swallows are somewhat similar in habits and appearance to the other aerial insectivores, such as the related swallows...

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2006-07-30 13:25:32

The House Martin, Delichon urbica, is a migratory perching bird of the family Hiruninidae. The European range of the House Martin roughly corresponds with that of its relative the Barn Swallow, and it also winters in tropical Africa. The adult House Martin is steel-blue above with a white rump, and white underparts. Its short legs and toes have white downy feathering. Its bill is black. The young bird is sooty black, and some of the coverts and quills have white tips and edgings. The white...

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2006-07-30 13:20:15

The Crag Martin, (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), is a small perching bird in the swallow family. It breeds in the mountains of southern Europe, the Mediterranean and south Asia. Many European birds are resident, but some northern breeders and most Asian birds are migratory. They winter in North Africa or India. The Crag Martin is 5.5 to 6 inches long and somewhat similar in habits and appearance to the other aerial insectivores. It has brown uppersides and dusky undersides, and shows white...

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2006-07-30 13:13:46

The Welcome Swallow, Hirundo neoxena, is a small perching bird in the swallow family. It is a species native to Australia and nearby islands, and New Zealand, which has been colonized in the last half century. This species breeds in southern and eastern Australia in a variety of habitats, but not desert or dense forest. Eastern populations are largely migratory, wintering in northern Australia. Western birds, and those in New Zealand are mainly non-migratory. The Welcome Swallow is...

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  • To talk saucily.
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This word is Scots in origin and probably imitative.