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Chimney Swift Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
General Information
- Sexes similar
- Juvenile similar to adult
- Small aerial bird with cigar-shaped body and
  crescent-shaped wings
- Short tail bluntly squared off
- Plumage sooty gray above with slightly paler rump
- Buff throat darkening to sooty gray on belly
- Underwings pale gray

Similar species
All swallows have longer tails, usually with a notch or fork, and broader wings. Black Swift and White-throated Swift have forked tails and different patterning below. Vaux's Swift is extremely similar but is somewhat smaller, with shorter wings, a paler rump and throat, and a different call.
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