chimney swift


Definition of chimney swift

: a small sooty-gray swift (Chaetura pelagica) with long narrow wings that often builds its nest inside an unused chimney

called also chimney swallow

Examples of chimney swift in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Observers spotted a chimney swift and a gray catbird in Belmont and an orchard oriole in Needham., 17 Apr. 2021 While chimney swifts typically fly higher, rainy weather can cause them to forage lower to the ground. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 16 Oct. 2019 The birds — identified as chimney swifts, which migrate from the United States to South America in the fall — were caught on video flying into the large building, which opened in May 2010. Ashley Boucher,, 16 Oct. 2019 The birds, identified as chimney swifts, hit the windows of the NASCAR Hall of Fame building, according to video from CNN affiliate WSOC. Amanda Watts, CNN, 16 Oct. 2019 Swarms of chimney swifts make the rounds, whistling in harmony. David Holahan,, 13 Sep. 2019 One minute the early evening sky above the Menomonee River Parkway in Wauwatosa was clear except for the darting silhouettes of a half dozen chimney swifts and barn swallows. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2018 In Patterson Park alone, more than 200 bird species have been documented, including Baltimore orioles, chimney swifts and wood thrushes. Alison Knezevich,, 10 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of chimney swift

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Chimney swift.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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Kids Definition of chimney swift

: a small dark gray bird with long narrow wings that often builds its nest inside chimneys

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