Artamidae (wood-swallows; class Aves, order Passeriformes)
A family of highly social, smallish, brown or grey birds that have black and white markings and long, pointed wings. They are the only passerines
with powder-down feathers. They are insectivorous, mainly aerial feeders, and inhabit clearings and open country near water, nesting on ledges or in trees. There is one genus (Artamus
) containing 10 species, found in India
, southern China
, south-east Asia, Australasia
, and some S. Pacific is islands.
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