French: Martinet ramoneur German: Schornsteinsegler Spanish: Vencejo de chimenea
South Carolina, USA
E North America from S Canada (E from SE Saskatchewan) S to W Texas and Gulf Coast; occasionally California and Arizona (SW USA). Winters in Colombia, E Ecuador, W & E Peru, NW Brazil and N Chile, though precise range unclear.
12–14 cm; 21 g. Medium-sized swift with short square tail, rectrix spines up to 7·5 mm beyond web, protruding head and distinctive wing shape, with hooked outer... read more
Main calls are a characteristic series of short single notes “tsip..tsip..tsip...tsip...tsip...”,... read more
Though readily associated with urban settings, also forages and breeds over variety of natural... read more
Food and feeding
Hymenoptera and Diptera recorded, among other insects. Food pellet may contain over 200 insects. Recorded taking a weevil (Curculionidae)... read more
Eggs recorded Illinois mid-May to early Jul, New York late May to early Jul, Virginia late May to mid-Jul, and Quebec mid-Jun to early Jul... read more
Present North America Apr–Sept. Migrates through West Indies late Aug to late Oct and mid-Apr... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, due to pupulation declines. Common and widespread throughout most of range. Rare and occasional breeder in W... read more
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