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(706) Hirundo

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Discovered 1910 Oct. 9 by J. Helffrich at Heidelberg.

Named for the numerous small long-winged passerine birds of the Hirundinidae family (the swallow) that are noted for their graceful flight and regular migrations, have a short bill with a wide gape, small weak feet, and often a deeply forked tail, occur in all parts of the world except New Zealand and the polar regions, and feed on insects caught on the wing. (H 71)

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