Chimney Swifts: America's Mysterious Birds above the Fireplace

Chimney Swifts: America's Mysterious Birds above the Fireplace

by Paul D. Kyle, Georgean Z. Kyle
     
 

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From the curious sounds of baby swifts chattering in the chimney to the awe-inspiring sight of birds entering their roost at dusk like smoke swirling back into the flue, Chimney Swifts have captured the imagination of many generations of North Americans.

These sleek birds with crescent-shaped wings and acrobatic flight patterns have been historically abundant in

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From the curious sounds of baby swifts chattering in the chimney to the awe-inspiring sight of birds entering their roost at dusk like smoke swirling back into the flue, Chimney Swifts have captured the imagination of many generations of North Americans.

These sleek birds with crescent-shaped wings and acrobatic flight patterns have been historically abundant in North America, where they migrate from the Amazon River Basin each spring to breed and raise their young. But by the late 1980s, changes in chimney construction and homeowner attitudes had contributed to a major decline in the numbers of Chimney Swifts. Authors Paul and Georgean Kyle have worked ceaselessly in an attempt to alter that trend.

Now in Chimney Swifts, the Kyles share the knowledge they have gained, providing readers with an unprecedented peek into the secret life of these beneficial, insecteating birds. With a non-technical narrative, numerous photos, and original drawings, they explore Chimney Swift natural history and provide practical guidelines for homeowners to coexist peacefully with these remarkable spring and summer guests.

Editorial Reviews

Birder's World Magazine
"Birders who read the book will never look at swifts the same way again."
Merlin D. Tuttle
I found Chimney Swifts to be thoroughly entertaining, vitally conservation relevant, and a must-read for anyone concerned about conserving America's birds. After this glimpse into their unique lives and needs, one simply wants to help. My congratulations to the authors! (Merlin D. Tuttle, Founder/President, Bat Conservation International)
The Quarterly Review of Biology
Excellent photographs and line drawings are interspaced to augment the text. Their presentation is eminently readable and factual.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585443703
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Series:
Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment Series, #37
Pages:
152
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

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Victor Emanuel
I highly recommend their excellent book on some of North America's most fascinating birds. (Victor Emanuel, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours)
Keith Arnold
. . . a delight to read. (Keith Arnold, Texas A&M University)

Meet the Author


Paul D. Kyle and Georgean Z. Kyle are project directors of the Driftwood Wildlife Association’s North American Chimney Swift Nest Site Research Project, an all-volunteer effort to expand public awareness about the beneficial nature and the plight of Chimney Swifts. Participation across North America in this project has produced a growing number of people who are now constructing nesting towers and conducting Chimney Swift conservation projects in their own communities. The Kyles’ construction guide, Chimney Swift Towers, is also available from Texas A&M University Press.

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