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Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Birds of Point Pelee National Park

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Swift, Chimney
-Chaetura pelagica (Linnaeus)

Our only eastern (Saskatchewan eastward) swift. Its very long wings (longer than the bird itself and extending far beyond the tail) and short tail with the feather shafts projecting as spines beyond the webs distinguish it from other eastern birds. Upper parts dark sooty brown (slight gloss), palest on rump, blackish on wings; abdomen dark like the back, paling to brownish grey on throat. Smaller size and spiny tail distinguish it from the Black and the White-throated swifts. It is very similar, however, to Vaux's Swift, but its somewhat larger size and darker under parts identify it in the hand.