Cairns to Cape Tribulation

Information for Welcome swallow - Hirundo neoxena

Eukaryota >Animalia > Chordata > Aves > Passeriformes > Hirundinidae > Hirundo > Hirundo neoxena

Welcome swallow
Hirundo neoxena

Adapting to human habitat well, these small swallows are quite colourful and a common site between Cairns and Cape Tribulation.


Welcome Swallow - Hirundo neoxena perched on the Daintree River Wildwatch boat - Photo by Alex Pawlow


On the east coast, they move north through winter.They are a common sight around the Daintree River, often perching on boats (even those underway) and man made structures.

A wildlife cruise along the Daintree River is almost guaranteed a sighting, with them often keeping pace with the boat, or landing on the bow whilst underway.

The name Welcome Swallow, comes from the fact that they were often the first bird that sailers would see on as they made their way to Australia,, often perching on the mast or rigging.