African Skimmer

Rynchops flavirostris (Vieillot, 1816)

Summary

Species with a small population (actual number in the order of a few tens of thousands of individuals) and with an extremely large distribution area.
Dispersive species, occurring in sub-Saharan Africa, which migrates along larger rivers or to and from inland lakes. It nests mostly in large rivers sandbars and winters along rivers, lakes and along the coasts of sub-Saharan Africa.
The evolution trend of the global population is apparently a decreasing one.

Global conservation status

Near Threatened (IUCN ver. 3.1, 2010)
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Common names

  • African Skimmer

Subspecies

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Behavior

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Flight

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Habitat

It nests mostly in large rivers sandbars but also on sandy shores of inland lakes and sandy beaches of the coasts of sub-Saharan Africa. It winters mostly in lakes but also along rivers, estuaries, coastal lagoons, marshes with open areas, reservoirs and sewage ponds.

Feed

It feeds on fish.

Breeding

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Predators

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