Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica   [Linnaeus, 1758]

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Order: Apodiformes Family: Apodidae
BTO Codes: , CHISW EURING No: 7900
Number in Britain: Fewer than 20 records
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not evaluated
Global: Near Threatened (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 13 cm Wingspan: 30 cm Weight: M/F: 24 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: khaite=long hair + oura=tail and Gr.: pelagos=the open sea
World Distribution: BREEDS: e North America, WINTERS: c South America
Habitat: Open country, woodlands, towns
Diet: Flying insects
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Cornwall, 1982 (Williams, L.P. 1986. British Birds 79:423-426)
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 19 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: Too few records
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Borders (1983), Fife (1991),
   North-east England: Northumberland (2005), East Yorkshire (2005),
   North-west England: Cheshire (2005),
   English Midlands:
   Eastern England:
   South-east England:
   South-west England: Cornwall (1999), Devon (2005), Isles of Scilly (2005),
   Wales: Anglesey (2005),

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Other Names

Gaelic: Welsh:
Danish: Skorstensseiljer Dutch: Schoorsteengierzwaluw
Finnish: Piippulirskuja French: Martinet roamoneur
German: Schornsteinsegler Hungarian: Kémény sarlósfecske
Icelandic: Hafsvölungur Irish:
Italian: Rondone spinoso dei camini Norwegian: Skorsteinseiler
Polish: Kominiarczyk amerykanski Portuguese: Andorinhăo-de-rabo-espinhoso
Spanish: Vencejo espinoso Swedish: Skorstensseglare

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