BIRD OF THE WEEK — CHIMNEY SWIFT –PLANET EARTH BIRD WORLD group

 

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BIRD OF THE WEEK

Chimney Swift

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Chaetura pelagica
POPULATION: 7.8 million
TREND: Decreasing
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.

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