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    Black Skimmer

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    Black Skimmer

    Rynchops niger
    • ORDER: Charadriiformes
    • FAMILY: Laridae
    Basic Description

    The remarkable bill of the Black Skimmer sets it apart from all other American birds. The large red and black bill is knife-thin and the lower mandible is longer than the upper. The bird drags the lower bill through the water as it flies along, hoping to catch small fish.

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    image of range map for Black SkimmerRange map provided by Birds of North AmericaExplore Maps
    Other Names
    • Rayador Americano (Spanish)
    • Bec-en-ciseaux noir (French)
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