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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
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.
Map of Area Covered by This Book ii
Casual or Accidental Seabirds and Coastal Species
Gannets, Boobies: Sulidae
Loons in Flight
Cormorants in Flight
Herons, Egrets, Bitterns: Ardeidae
Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae
Accidental Long-legged Wading Birds
Swans, Geese, Ducks: Anatidae
Geese and Swans in Flight
Dabbling Ducks: Anatinae
Diving Ducks: Aythyinae
Stiff-tailed Ducks: Oxyurinae
Flight Patterns of Ducks
Accidentals from Eurasia
Accidentals from the Tropics
New World Vultures: Cathartidae
Caracaras and Falcons: Falconidae
Hawks, Kites, Accipiters, Harriers, and Eagles: Accipitridae
Kites: Elaninae and Milvinae
Accipiters (Bird Hawks): Accipitrinae
Buteos (Buzzard Hawks): Buteoninae (in part)
Blackish Birds of Prey Overhead
Eagles: Buteoninae (in part)
Eagles, Osprey, and Vultures Overhead
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 and Turnstone in Flight
Large Shorebirds in Flight
Avocets and Stilts: Recurvirostridae
Sandpipers and Phalaropes: Scolopacidae
Snipe, Sandpipers, etc., in Flight
Sandpipers, Phalaropes in Flight
Accidental Shorebirds from Eurasia
Small Hooded Gulls: Adults
Immature Gulls: Larger Species
Immature Gulls: Smaller Species
Auks, etc.: Alcidae
Pigeons and Doves: Columbidae
Parrots, Parakeets: Psittacidae
Owls: Strigidae and Tytonidae
Nighthawks, Nightjars: Caprimulgidae
Tyrant Flycatchers: Tyrannidae
Chickadees and Titmice: Paridae
Gnatcatchers (Polioptilinae) and Kinglets (Regulidae)
Mockingbirds and Thrashers: Mimidae
Crows, Jays, etc.: Corvidae
Confusing Fall Warblers
Grosbeaks, Finches, Sparrows, Buntings: Fringillidae, Emberizidae, Cardinalidae
Blackbirds, Orioles, etc.: Icteridae
Old World Sparrows: Passeridae
Miscellaneous Finchlike Birds
South Texas Specialties
More South Texas Specialties
Accidentals from the Tropics
Accidentals and Escapes from Eurasia
Index of Scientific Names
Index of Common Names
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