Chimney Swift

(Chaetura pelagica)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

NT - Near Threatened

 

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N5B - Secure Breeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Abundant migrant and breeder

Habitat

Mostly urban settings

Size

5 to 5½ in length

12 to 13wingspan


Identification

The body is dark grayish-brown. The throat and chin are pale. Thay may appear black in silhouette against the sky, where they are most often seen.

The tail is square at the tip.

The wings are long and thin.

 
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Migration

Mid-April to mid-October


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Taxonomy

Order:

Apodiformes (swifts and hummingbirds)

 

Family:

Apodidae (swifts)

 

Subfamily:

Apodinae

 
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  Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
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  Chimney Swift (Apodidae: Chaetura pelagica) Over Water
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 1, 2010

I was quite surprised to observe seven migrating chimney swifts flying low over (and even striking) the surface of this oxbow slough, off the Red River. I've observed swallows (i.e., Tree, Cliff, and Barn Swallows) feeding or drinking this way, but have never observed swifts exhibiting this behavior. Photographed at East Grand Forks, Minnesota (31 July 2010).

 
     
  A Flock of Birds (Chimney Swifts) Roosts in a Chimney at Dusk
Dose of Dissonance
 
   
 
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Published on Aug 24, 2016

The beautiful sights and sounds of a flock of chimney swifts (Chaetura pelagica) roosting in a chimney at dusk.

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Some information on chimney swifts and their behavior (source): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chimney_swift

This film was shot on the UNC Wilmington (UNCW) campus.

 
     
  Quadcopter view of roosting Chimney Swifts
George Farnsworth
 
   
 
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Published on Oct 7, 2014

Chimney Swifts flying into chimney of the Field House on campus of Xavier University on October 6th, 2014. Large numbers of swifts use this chimney as a communal roost during their fall migration. Special thanks to Jim Bergen for flying a quadcopter over the chimney for these shots.

 
     
  First Flight Chimney Swift Release-Wild Bird Rehabilitation- Overland, Mo.
Bryan Prather
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 6, 2010

10 Chimney Swifts being released after being cared for since they were nestlings! Tower Grove Park, St. Louis City Missouri. www.wildbirdrehab.org

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  Chimney Swifts @ Wild Bird Rehab- Overland, Mo.
Bryan Prather
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Aug 4, 2010

Chimney Swifts given a second chance @ Wild Bird Rehabilitation. www.wildbirdrehab.org

 
     

 

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