Black Skimmer - Rynchops niger

Length 1.3-1.7 ft (40.6-50.8 cm)
Wingspan 3.5-4.2 ft (106.7-127.0 cm)
Weight M: 12.3 oz (349 g), F: 9.0 oz (254 g)
Clutch Size 3-4
Chicks at birth Semi-precocial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern
Continents:NA, SA

The Black Skimmer is a tern-like seabird and is the largest of the three skimmer species. They are found along the eastern, western and gulf coasts of North America and the west coasts of South America. They are year-round residents east of the Andes in South America. They are not a common bird in the Bay Area, but a good place to find them seems to be on Radio Road in Redwood City, CA. Black Skimmers use their large bill to skim the water for small fish, insects, crustaceans and molluscs.

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