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BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Chaetura pelagica
POPULATION: 7.8 million
HABITAT: Nests and roosts in chimneys and hollow trees; winters in South American lowlands.
The sooty-gray Chimney Swift is best identified by its sleek silhouette, often compared to a “flying cigar.” Twittering, gliding, and diving, often high in skies above cities and towns, Chimney Swifts are among the most aerial of all birds.
Like another famous group of fliers — the hummingbirds — swifts have long wingtip bones that give them added maneuverability in flight.