NJ.com: NJ Wildlife: Chimney swift, N.J.’s flying cigar

NJ.com: NJ Wildlife: Chimney swift, N.J.’s flying cigar

Chimney Swift, the proverbial “cigar butt with wings” is an amazing 5 ¼” soot gray bird that is very different from nearly all of its avian relatives. How can a bird be that different from all other birds? Well, the bird lacks the ability to perch and is only capable of clinging to walls and vertical sides of structures, while primarily roosting and nesting in chimneys, thus its name. If a swift were too accidentally land on the ground, it would have extreme difficulty in getting airborne once again. Here in the east, it is the only bird that extensively utilizes chimneys to survive, while in our American west, Canyon Wrens will also regularly nest in Chimneys.