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; 17–29·8 g; wingspan 29–31 cm. Medium-sized swift with short square tail, rectrix spines up to 7·5 mm beyond web, protruding head and... 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
VULNERABLE. Had recently been uplisted to Near Threatened (from Least Concern) due to pupulation declines, and in 2018 was considered globally threatened for the first time.... read more
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