The welcome swallow is one of the species that have recently arrived unassisted from Australia. The first record of them breeding in New Zealand was near Kaitāia in 1958. Just 20 years later it had expanded east as far as the Chatham Islands. Welcome swallows are now common, especially in lowland farmland and around wetlands. They build nests under the eaves of houses and barns or other structures such as bridges.
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