Black Skimmer

Rynchops niger

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

BLSK

Code 6

RYNNIG

ITIS

HEAD

Black Skimmer Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Specialized
  • Eye Color: Dark brown.
  • Head pattern: Capped
  • Crown Color: Black
  • Forehead Color: White
  • Nape Color: Black
  • Throat Color: White
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Black Skimmer Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 46-48 cm (18-19 in)
  • Weight: 349 g (12.3 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: White, Black
  • Underparts: White
  • Upperparts: Black
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

Black Skimmer Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Buoyant graceful flight with nearly constant wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 107-127 cm (42-50 in)
  • Wing Shape: Pointed-Wings, Long-Wings
  • Tail shape: Forked Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid
  • Upper Tail: White with black central feathers.
  • Under Tail: White
  • Leg Color: Red
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Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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