A widespread breeding visitor to much of the eastern half of the United States and the southern reaches of eastern Canada, the chimney swift migrates to South America for the winter.  It is found over open country, savanna, wooded slopes and humid forests.

The chimney swift’s wintering grounds were only discovered in 1944, when bands from birds banded (ringed) in North America were recovered in Peru. An indigenous Peruvian had been wearing the bands as a necklace.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015 1000 5th Ave New York NY United States
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 1901 Main St Columbia SC United States
Friday, April 14, 2017 3698€“3712 State Highway 87 Port Bolivar TX United States
Saturday, May 12, 2018 25 Sandy Ter Portland ME United States
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