indian Skimmer (rynchops albicollis) is instantly recognizable By its Distinctive Black upperparts and Striking Orange Bill With a Lower Jaw Longer Than The upper, Which it uses To Glide across The Water’s Surface When Feeding.

unmistakable; black above and white below with bright orange bill (lower mandible longer than the upper). Favors slow-moving rivers with sandbars, on which this species forms noisy colonies, often in association with terns. Flies rapidly on long angular wings, “skimming” the water with the extended lower mandible. Gives a sharp “kip kip.”


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