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Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Class Aves
Order Apodiformes
Family Apodidae
Genus Chaetura

Chaetura is a genus of swifts found in the Americas in modern times. They resemble in general appearance and are commonly confused with swallows but they are not at all closely related to these. The genus name is derived from the Greek khaite for long flowing hair and oura for tail, referring to the stiff feathers projecting from the end of the tail.


A fossil species, Chaetura baconica, was described from Late Miocene deposits of Hungary.

Ashy-tailed Swift (Berlepsch & Hartert, 1902) (Chaetura andrei)
Short-tailed Swift (Jardine, 1846) (Chaetura brachyura)
Chapman's Swift (Hellmayr, 1907) (Chaetura chapmani)
Grey-rumped Swift (Sclater, 1862) (Chaetura cinereiventris)
Pale-rumped Swift (Todd, 1916) (Chaetura egregia)
Costa Rican Swift (Salvin, 1870) (Chaetura fumosa)
Lesser Antillean Swift (Hermann, 1783) (Chaetura martinica)
Sick's Swift (Hellmayr, 1907) (Chaetura meridionalis)
Chimney Swift (Linnaeus, 1758) (Chaetura pelagica)
Band-rumped Swift (Temminck, 1839) (Chaetura spinicauda)
Vaux's Swift (Townsend, 1839) (Chaetura vauxi)
Mato Grosso Swift (Cherrie, 1916) (Chaetura viridipennis)
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