from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A bird of the family Hirundinidæ and genus Petrochelidon: so called from affixing its bottle-nosed nests of mud to cliffs.


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  • The pretty nocturnal trill of the hairbird; the remarkable change which civilization has wrought in the habits of the cliff-swallow; the disputed question whether the cat-bird is or is not a mocker; -- these and a hundred similar points relate to very common birds, and are accordingly unnoticed by Mr. Samuels.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867 Various

  • And it was doing it right out in the middle of a desert, bleak, sun-leprosied, forbidding, with only the stars and the moon and the sun and a cliff-swallow or two to behold.

    The River and I John G. Neihardt 1927

  • Of the other birds which nest later in the season mention must be made in the calendar for the present month of the Indian cliff-swallow

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India Douglas Dewar 1916

  • Mention was made in January and February of the Indian cliff-swallow (_Hirundo fluvicola_).

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India Douglas Dewar 1916

  • Most of the monsoon broods of the Indian cliff-swallow emerge from the eggs in August.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India Douglas Dewar 1916

  • That the cliff-swallow should also be a stranger here is not at all remarkable; a few years since, there were none east of the Mississippi.

    Rural Hours 1887


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