African Skimmer

They have very long wings. The back, hindneck, and crown are black. The forehead and rest of the body is white, with a bright, long, orange beak that ends with a yellow tip. Their short forked tail is white, and their legs are bright red. The average size is about 15 inches long. Their voice is a sharp kip-kip. Their bill structure is unique. The lower mandible is much longer than the upper mandible, and flattened sideways like scissor blades.

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The African Skimmer is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

African Skimmer at Shakawe, Okanvango River, Botswana, on 22 Oct 1998. Top photo and adult Black Skimmers More

The African Skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris) is a skimmer that lives in Senegal to northern Congo River and southern Nile Valley, southern Tanzania to the Zambezi Valley, and then to Natal and Angola. Contents - * 1 Appearance * 2 Location * 3 Behavior * 3. More

Mystery Bird: African Skimmer, Rynchops flavirostris - Topic Categories: Birding • Education • Mystery Birds • Photography • Teaching • Travel Posted on: April 10, 2010 9:59 AM, by "GrrlScientist" tags: African Skimmer, Rynchops flavirostris, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz African Skimmer, Rynchops flavirostris, photographed mystery location Nyamba ya Mungo, Tanzania, Africa. Image: Dan Logen, 14 January 2010 . More

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The African skimmer is a skimmer that lives in the Senegal to northern Congo River and southern Nile Valley, southern Tanzania to the Zambezi Valley, and then to Natal and Angola. The skimmers have very long wings, the back, hind neck and crown are black in color. The skimmer fore head and the rest of the body are white in color with bright long orange beak, the beak end with a yellow tip. More

Pairs of African skimmers nest in loose colonies on expansive sandbanks (3), where they lay a clutch of two to three eggs over several days, into a scrape in the sand (2). The eggs are incubated, primarily by the female, for around 21 days, after which the buffy-white chicks hatch (2). More

African Skimmers fly in lines over calm waters, and dip their lower beaks (mandibles) in the water to feed. It is rare to spot one in East African and South African parks. Copyright: Wikipedia. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from Wikipedia. More

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African Skimmer - Rynchops flavirostris Travel Writer: EcoTravel Africa � The African skimmer is one of only three species of skimmer in the world. It has a unique bill structure; its lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw and this is closely linked to the way it feeds. More

African SkimmerAfrican Skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris) Botswana - February 2009Photo no. More

African Skimmer - Rynchops flavirostris Bec-en-ciseaux d'Afrique = Bec-en-ciseaux d'Afrique Comment : Roosting adult (right) immature birds near Sabaki rivermouth. More

* African Skimmer Rhynchops flavirostris of African rivers and coasts. * Indian Skimmer Rhynchops albicollis of large rivers in India and southeast Asia. * suborder Alcae The auks. See Sibley-Ahlquist taxonomy for an alternative classification. More

African Skimmer, Rynchops flavirostris Rynchopidae (SKIMMERS) African Skimmer, Rynchops flavirostris This photo was taken in: Botswana The photo was taken by: Steve Bird , Birdseekers Birdseekers Tour reports Birdwatching Holidays around the world Birdseekers Birdseeker tour company Birdseekers Tour reports Birdwatching Holidays around the world Birdseekers photo's taken by Tony Crittenden Identification Notes: More

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Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Laridae
Genus : Rynchops
Species : flavirostris
Authority : Vieillot, 1816