The Welcome Swallow is a migratory bird that turns up in the southern areas of Australia during the summer. It can be a bit of a nuisance by building nests inside sheds and eaves. Because it builds its nest from mud, they are not easily dislodged or cleaned up when they have headed back north.
The Welcome Swallow is a native bird to Australia, but apparently introduced itself to New Zealand in the mid 20th century. As mentioned above, it survives well in urban environments, but also inhabits open areas and clearings.
The welcome swallow is a small size bird and is fast-flying. Their flying style is circular in pattern with swift darting motions. They have graceful shape and flight, moreover they often fly singly, in couples or in clusters. The welcome swallow is metallic blue-black above, light grey below on the breast and belly, and rusty on the forehead, throat and upper breast. It has a long forked tail, with a row of white spots on the individual feathers.
Although the swallows are more often near coastal and wetland areas, they can live in almost all types of habitat except alpine areas and very dense forest. The welcome swallow has been documented as being seen in open areas such as farmlands, grasslands, partly cleared areas that are wooded, lands associated with bodies of water such as lakes or reservoirs, and along the coast lines. This species is well adapted for urban and suburban life as well, it is even able to live in high altitude areas due to the provision of nesting materials provided by humans. During winter, the swallows will move to the warmer habitat which can provide them enough food and safe shelters