CHIMNEY SWIFT Chaetura pelagica Common 5-51/2" (12-14 cm) Like a cigar with wings. A blackish swallowlike bird with long, slightly curved, stiff wings and stubby tail. It appears to beat its wings not in unison but alternately (actually this is an illusion); effect is more batlike, unlike skimming of swallows. They seem to fairly twinkle, gliding between spurts, holding wings bowed in a crescent. Voice: Loud, rapid, ticking or twittering notes. Range: S. Canada to Gulf of Mexico. Winters in Peru. Habitat: Open sky, especially over cities, towns; nests and roosts in chimneys (originally in large hollow trees and cliff crevices).
Text copyright c 2002 by the Marital Trust B u/a Roger Tory Peterson and the Estate of Virginia Peterson. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Map of Area Covered by This Book ii Foreword xi Preface xvii Acknowledgments xix
Introduction Life List Loons: Gaviidae Grebes: Podicipedidae Shearwaters: Procellariidae Storm-Petrels: Hydrobatidae Casual or Accidental Seabirds and Coastal Species Pelicans: Pelecanidae Frigatebirds: Fregatidae Gannets, Boobies: Sulidae Tropicbirds: Phaethontidae Cormorants: Phalacrocoracidae Anhingas: Anhingidae Loons in Flight Cormorants in Flight Herons, Egrets, Bitterns: Ardeidae Limpkins: Aramidae Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae Flamingoes: Phoenicopteridae Storks: Ciconiidae Cranes: Gruidae Accidental Long-legged Wading Birds Swans, Geese, Ducks: Anatidae Swans: Anserinae Geese: Anserinae Geese and Swans in Flight Whistling-Ducks: Dendrocygninae Dabbling Ducks: Anatinae Diving Ducks: Aythyinae Stiff-tailed Ducks: Oxyurinae Merganser: Merginae Flight Patterns of Ducks Accidentals from Eurasia Accidentals from the Tropics New World Vultures: Cathartidae Caracaras and Falcons: Falconidae Caracaras: Caracarinae Hawks, Kites, Accipiters, Harriers, and Eagles: Accipitridae Kites: Elaninae and Milvinae Accipiters (Bird Hawks): Accipitrinae Buteos (Buzzard Hawks): Buteoninae (in part) Buteos Overhead Harriers: Circinae Blackish Birds of Prey Overhead Eagles: Buteoninae (in part) Ospreys: Pandionidae Eagles, Osprey, and Vultures Overhead Falcons: Falconidae Accipiters and Falcons Overhead Pheasant, Grouse, Turkey, and Allies: Phasianidae Grouse, etc.: Tetraoninae New World Quails: Odontophoridae Ducklike Swimmers (Coots, Gallinules): Rallidae (in part) Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae Plovers: Charadriidae Plovers and Turnstone in Flight Large Shorebirds in Flight Oystercatchers: Haematopodidae Avocets and Stilts: Recurvirostridae Sandpipers and Phalaropes: Scolopacidae "Peeps" Snipe, Sandpipers, etc., in Flight Sandpipers, Phalaropes in Flight Phalaropes: Phalaropodinae Accidental Shorebirds from Eurasia Jaegers: Stercorariidae Gulls: Laridae Small Hooded Gulls: Adults Immature Gulls: Larger Species Immature Gulls: Smaller Species Terns: Sterninae Skimmers: Rynchopinae Auks, etc.: Alcidae Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae Parrots, Parakeets: Psittacidae Cuckoos: Cuculidae Owls: Strigidae and Tytonidae Nighthawks, Nightjars: Caprimulgidae Nighthawks: Caprimulgidae Hummingbirds: Trochilidae Kingfishers: Alcedinidae Woodpeckers: Picidae Tyrant Flycatchers: Tyrannidae Accidental Flycatchers Larks: Alaudidae Pipits: Motacillidae Swallows: Hirundinidae Swifts: Apodidae Chickadees and Titmice: Paridae Nuthatches: Sittidae Creepers: Certhiidae Wrens: Troglodytidae Gnatcatchers (Polioptilinae) and Kinglets (Regulidae) Bulbuls: Pycnonotidae Thrushes: Turdidae Mockingbirds and Thrashers: Mimidae Crows, Jays, etc.: Corvidae Shrikes: Laniidae Waxwings: Bombycillidae Vireos: Vireonidae Wood-Warblers: Parulidae Confusing Fall Warblers Tanagers: Thraupidae Grosbeaks, Finches, Sparrows, Buntings: Fringillidae, Emberizidae, Cardinalidae Blackbirds, Orioles, etc.: Icteridae Starlings: Sturnidae Orioles Old World Sparrows: Passeridae Miscellaneous Finchlike Birds South Texas Specialties More South Texas Specialties Accidentals from the Tropics Accidentals and Escapes from Eurasia Exotics
Range Maps Index of Scientific Names Index of Common Names
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