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Chaetura pelagicaLinnaeus, 1758
Common Name: Chimney swift, Vencejo de chimenea

This species breeds in eastern and central North America and move south during winter through Colombia, Venezuela, the West Indies, Peru and of course Panama. They can be found in Bocas del Toro mostly in October and in April.
Natural History Notes
Like all swifts, the Chimney Swift is insectivorous and catches insects in its gaping mouth during flight. It moves steadily in groups, sometimes associated with transient swallows.
The total length of this species varies between 13.34 cm and 14.61 cm cm (measured from tip of bill to end of tail). The animal has a dark olive coloration above and shows paler rump and upper tail-coverts. The throat has a pale gray coloration. Also, we can notice that although this bird is fairly large, its tail is short.
It has been noted that Chaetura pelagica is mostly seen in groups.
Other Literature
Cink, C. L. and Collins, C. T. 2002. Chimney Swift: Chaetura pelagica. Birds of North America. (646): 1-23
In Bocas Del Toro
Reported ByGeorge Angehr
Museum ReferencesThe Field Museum
LocalityCricamola, Cayo Agua.
CommentsConservation status according to IUCN 2008 Red list: Least Concern (LC).
Compiled by
Lexi Weintraub; Zoe Joly-Lopez
IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Ridgely, Robert. S. and John. A. Gwynne. Jr. 1989. A Guide to the Birds of Panama. Second Edition. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey. 534 p.
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