Chimney swifts are migratory birds that are almost always in flight, eating flying insects as they go. They are unable to perch in trees or on the ground. Instead, they roost in chimneys where they can cling to the walls. Using their sticky saliva, chimney swifts build nests out of twigs and stick them to the walls of the chimney. They usually lay a clutch of four eggs. Both monogamous parents take turns incubating the eggs while others of their species help to raise the offspring.
Chimney swifts are a Species of Greatest Conservation Need in DC.
If you find a sick or injured Chimney swift, please contact us at 202-882-1000.