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In Greece and southern Italy today the following species occur: 1. Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), 2. Crag Martin (Ptyonoprogne rupestris), 3. Red-Rumped Swallow (Cecropis daurica), 4. Sand Martin (Riparia riparia) and 5. House Martin (Delichon urbica). Whether ancient accounts of the χελιδών/chelidṓn, Latin hirundo, refer to species other than 1 or 5 or the swift (Apus apus L.) is almost always uncertain. For the most part broods are raised in skilfully constructed mud nests (Aristot. Hist. an. 8(9),7,612b 23; Varro Rust. 3,5,6; Ov. Fa…

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Hünemörder, Christian (Hamburg), “Swallow”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 June 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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