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Skimmer, African
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Rynchops flavirostris
Africa, Angola, Asia, Botswana, Burundi, Central Africa, East Africa, Gauteng Province, Global, Horn of Africa, Kenya, KwaZulu Natal Province, Limpopo Province, Malawi, Middle East, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, North Africa, North West Province, Rwanda, South Africa, South Central Africa, Southern Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, West Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe Read more
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There are 7,000-13,000 in West and Central Africa and 8,000-12,000 in East Africa and South Africa (T. Dodman in litt. 2002), giving a total of 15,000-25,000 individuals, roughly equivalent to 10,000-17,000 mature individuals. ...
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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 (black tip in immatures). Their short forked tail is white, and their legs are bright red. The average size is about 38 cm (15 in) 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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