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Family Apodidae

     The long, tapering wings of chimney swifts are distinctive in flight.  Their legs are very short and as a result their family was named Apodidae, “without feet”.  They spend a greater percentage of their life in flight than any other bird.  Chimney swifts winter in South American rainforests.  They can live a number of years and some have estimated that they can fly more than a million miles in their lifetimes.  They feed on flying insects.  One subfamily of swifts has two pairs of toes facing in opposite lateral directions instead of the more typical pattern found in other subfamilies in which toes face forward and one rearward (Sibley, 2001).

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