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Photo by Stanley Jones
Finfeather Lake, Bryan, Brazos County, Texas, USA, 12 August 2020
Chaetura pelagica


12-15cm (4¾-6 in)

  • Grey brown underparts
  • Sooty-brown back
  • Pale throat, cheeks and chin
  • Short tail

Sexes alike


Eastern North America, wintering in Amazon Basin of South America (Brazil and Chile).

A rare vagrant to the British Isles.


Photo by NAL1212
Lake Michigan, USA, May 2008

This is a monotypic species[1].


A variety, including open areas.



They nest in chimneys building a saucer shaped nest from twigs glued together with saliva. The 3-7 white eggs are incubated by the female for 19-20 days. The young fledge a month later.


They hawk for flying insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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