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Chimney Swift

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Vagrant from North AmericaPhoto by LSBHoly Island, Northumberland, November 2005
Vagrant from North America
Photo by LSB
Holy Island, Northumberland, November 2005
Chaetura pelagica


[edit] Identification


  • Grey brown underparts
  • Sooty-brown back
  • Pale throat, cheeks and chin
  • Short tail

Sexes alike

[edit] Distribution

Eastern North America, wintering in Amazon Basin of South America (Brazil and Chile).

A rare vagrant to the British Isles.

[edit] Taxonomy

Photo by NAL1212Lake Michigan, USA, May 2008
Photo by NAL1212
Lake Michigan, USA, May 2008

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

A variety, including open areas.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

They nest in chimneys building a saucer shaped nest from twigs glued together with saliva. The 3-7 white eggs are incubated by the female for 19-20 days. The young fledge a month later.

[edit] Diet

They hawk for flying insects.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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