Birds of Colombia

    CHARADRIIFORMES: Laridae (Gulls, Terns, Skimmers)  
Genus: Rynchops (1 species, 3 worldwide)

Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger)
Florida, United States  
Photograph by Andy Morffew     Copyright and usage info

Skimmers fly low over the surface of the water with the lower {mandible} touching the water. When the bill hits a fish it snaps shut in a fraction of a second. Skimmers are local in coastal habitats, but sometimes in big groups.

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