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Alternate name
Chaetura pelagica Scientific name
Apodiformes Order
Apodidae Family
14 cm Length
Breeds in Urban areas & lowland forest, up to 3,200 m. Anguilla, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Greenland, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherland Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saint Pierre and MiquelonTurks and Caicos, USA, Venezuela & Virgin Islands.
3 - 7 white eggs, which the female will cover at night. The incubation period is 19-20 days. Clutch
Flying arthropods. Food  
1757 World Number
Near Threatened Status

Chimney Swift song
Chaetura pelagica (0:10)
Robin Carter XC1369
05-04-2005, United States


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