Chimney Swift
Chimney Swift From The Crossley ID Guide Eastern Birds
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Strisores
Order: Apodiformes
Family: Apodidae
Subfamily: Apodinae
Tribe: Chaeturini
Genus: Chaetura
Species: C. pelagica
Binomial name
Chaetura pelagica
(Linnaeus, 1758)
map of the Americas showing yellow over much of eastern North America and dark blue in northwestern South America
Range of chimney swift      Breeding range     Wintering range

Hirundo pelagica protonym [2]
Chaetura pelasgia Stephens, 1825[2][3]

Other names


Similar species




Rapid chitter-chitter-chitter while in flight. Rapid series of staccato chip notes as well.[4]




  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Chaetura pelagica". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Cory, Charles B. (March 1918). Publication 197: Catalogue of Birds of the Americas. 13, part 2. Chicago, IL, USA: Field Museum of Natural History. p. 137. 
  3. ^ Stephens / Macquart; Dipt. exot., Suppl. 4, 271 (ex Mém. Soc. Sci. Lille, 1850 (1851), 244).
  4. ^ Krista Kagume (2005). Compact Guide to Ontario Birds. Lone Pine Publishing. ISBN 1551054671. 

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