Black Skimmer

Other Names: none

Distribution: subtropical and tropical regions of the Americas.

Black Skimmer distribution range map

Description:

Size: 45-46 cm in length with a 110-114 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Generally black above and white below, with red legs. The bill is red with a black tip, laterally compressed, blade-like. Unique among birds in having a lower mandible much longer (about one-third) than the upper; this is characteristic of the species.Juveniles are mottled gray above, with a shorter bill.

Species image
Black Skimmer

Black Skimmer

Bill Shape
specialized
Regions
alabama
arizona
arkansas
atlanticcoast
baja california
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
gulf coast
illinois
indiana
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
mississippi
missouri
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
nova scotia
oklahoma
ontario
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south carolina
tennessee
texas
virginia
Tail Shape
forked-tail
Wing Shape
long-wings
pointed-wings
Action
perching
Behavior
forays
Markings
plain
wingbands
Sounds
clear
melodious
Location
high perching
north in summer
south in summer
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Marshes
Color
black
green
white
Body Shape
headcrested
gull
Size
large
medium
small
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
gulls, terns, skimmers - bird family: Laridae, order: Charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species