chimney swift (Chaetura pelagica)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 5 inches Wingspan: 12.5 inches
Juvenile similar to adult
small aerial bird with cigar-shaped body and crescent-shaped wings
Short tail bluntly squared off
Plumage sooty gray above with slightly paler rump
Buff throat darkening to sooty gray on belly
Underwings pale gray
All swallows have longer tails, usually with a notch or fork, and broader
wings. Black swift and white-throated swift have forked tails and dif-
ferent patterning below. Vaux's swift is extremely similar but is some-
what smaller, with shorter wings, a paler rump and throat, and a different
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Urban
Nest Location: N/A
Nest Type: N/A
Clutch Size: 3-6
Length of Incubation: 19-21 days
Days to Fledge: 28-30
Number of Broods: 1?
Diet: Exclusively insects
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August U
Fall: September, October, November U
Winter: December, January, February
Crooked Run Valley