sand martin

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sand martin

a small brown European songbird, Riparia riparia, with white underparts: it nests in tunnels bored in sand, river banks, etc.: family Hirundinidae (swallows and martins)
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The bank swallow (Riparia riparia) is the smallest swallow in North America and can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
Depending on how broadly you want to define "ecosystem," that term here on the Clarks might include interactions among willow flycatchers and willows, bank swallows and aspens, white firs and natural fire; cows, ground squirrels, and coyotes; and, as geologist Allen King suggests, even mud and basalt flows and decomposed granite soil.
Belted kingfishers, northern rough-winged swallows, and bank swallows are among the species that nest right in stream banks.