General information. The common house martin is typically a human companion. It is easily spotted as it inhabits built up areas in Finland. The population, however, is believed to have decreased over the past few decades.
- Length 14 cm
- Builds its nest preferably near water bodies. The nesting site is often found under a roof edge or shelter
- Winters in tropical Africa
- Feeds on flying insects
Habitat. The common house martin is a regular nester around built up areas throughout Finland. This species is most usually found nesting in the countryside, in communities consisting of 5 to 30 pairs. It also inhabits urban areas, being even found dwelling in the center of large cityscapes.
Distribution in Vaasa. Observations indicating nesting house martins were made in a total of 84 survey blocks in Vaasa. It is most commonly found nesting in urban waterfront areas, yet is also found thriving in the countryside and archipelago.