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A welcome sound to a sailor Welcome Swallow

Noongar name - Moorningwilboor

Hear all about it!

The Swallows used to nest around the Island’s edges in the caves in the limestone cliffs. When settlers arrived, the swallows also used the structures the settlers built for nest sites.

These birds now nest in all the Settlement areas as well as in the old cliff sites. Their nests are made of mud and plant material and you can see these cup-shaped structures under the eaves of most of the buildings.

Watch out for them skimming around in the air feeding on insects.

Conservation Status

Listed as Least Concern under ICUN (2014). All Rottnest Island’s fauna is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest healthy

  • Do ride carefully on the Island
  • Do keep to designated tracks
  • Do enjoy watching them on their own terms

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