I’m sharing a picture of Long Tail Barn Swallow clicked near Amer Fort.
The long-tail barn swallow is not very easy to spot in Jaipur. It is quite likely that you might find one in the countryside. I had a hard time to spot this pair; its underbelly provides camouflage with the surrounding. It is a social bird and is often seen in large numbers on telephone wires.
Barn Swallow has a deeply forked tail with long tail streamers. It is often spotted near rivers, lakes, ponds, and wetlands. One of the reasons is that it thrives on insects. It is swift and agile when flying.
I found this pair sitting close to a ruined haveli at the base of Amer Palace. It’s a huge building which was once a magnificent residential haveli. But now it lays in ruins. There are talks of restoring this building, but the court has put restrictions to those plans due to ownership tussle. This building is called Shur Singh Ki Haveli. Shur Singh was Maharaja Man Singh I’s cousin and the Kotwal of Amber. He was responsible for maintaining law and order in Amer region, therefore, this building was also as a court.
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