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.

More ID Info
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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