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The animal on the cover of Transact-SQL Cookbook is a tree swift. Swifts are small, swallow-like birds related to hummingbirds. They are found all over the world, especially in the tropics. There are many different species of swifts that are specific to certain regions.

Swifts range from 3.5 to 9 inches in length. Their powerful, streamlined bodies have long wings; small, weak legs; and small feet. Swifts perch on vertical surfaces, but, due to their weak legs, once they perch, they have a difficult time returning to flight. Because of this, swifts do nearly everything on the wing, including feeding, drinking, bathing, courting, and sometimes mating. Their strong wings also make them rapid fliers.

Jeffrey Holcomb was the production editor and proofreader for Transact-SQL Cookbook . Tatiana Apandi Diaz was the copyeditor. Linley Dolby, Leanne Soylemez, and Claire Cloutier provided quality control. Phil Dangler, Leanne Soylemez, and David Chu provided production assistance. Johnna VanHoose Dinse wrote the index.

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