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).
Copyright © 2002 by the Marital Trust B u/a Roger Tory Peterson and the Estate of Virginia Peterson. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Company.
another gift but was told that it was quite thorough and very helpful and informativePublished 12 days ago by Denyse
Glad to have it. This was an underappreciated edition in the history of the Peterson field guide seriesPublished 11 months ago by Ian Turner
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When starting this hobby, there are an immense number of guides and (often expensive) resources to choose from. Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Ms. Antoinette P. Burnham
I owe a few bird books but this is the best and most handy one to identify a bird I'm not familar with. I love the arrows pointing to the areas for quick identification. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by StitchingNut
Really needed a good (and easy to use) guide for our new bordering-on-the-woods house. We get tons of bird traffic at our feeders, and this book is organized well enough that I can... Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by Heidi A. Dugan
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I previously carried an old edition of Peterson's because the pictures are more helpful for identification than those in any other field guide. Read morePublished on April 24 2002 by Jim H.