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Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Common breeder represented by two subspecies, H.p. pyrrhonata west of Cascade crest and H.p. hypopolia in Kittitas County. Most records come from low and moderate elevations but a few reach mountain passes. Utilizes natural nest sites such as rocky cliffs along major rivers and coulees on both sides of crest (especially basalt cliffs of Columbia River and Yakima Canyon), but also nests widely on man-made structures including buildings, dams, and bridges. Needs open areas for foraging, hence absent from most forested landscapes.