Southern African Birds

 

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  African Skimmer

 

Rynchops flavirostris

(343) 39 cm; 155 g

SEXES  Alike. Very distinctive with uniquely shaped yellow-tipped red bill, the lower mandible up to 20-30 mm longer.

BR  Upperparts dark blackish brown, forehead and underparts white.

NON-BR  Upperparts duller brown, face and cheeks lightly mottled brown.

JUV  Upperparts dull black with buflf feather margins. Bill initially brownish black, becoming yellowish then red from base.

STATUS  Very localised, now regarded as Endangered. Partial intra-African migrant present from May, most departing by Dec; in pairs or small flocks. Br at Lake St Lucia till 1943, now regionally extinct as a br species in S Africa.

HABITAT  Large river systems and lakes with unvegetated sandbars and islands.

FOOD  Small fish, mostly 2-5 cm long.

CALL  Loud sharp kik-kik-kik.

BR  Monogamous and colonial. Nest a deep unlined scrape on a sandbar. Eggs incubated by both ads.

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Ska001

Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Ska002

Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Ska003

Shakawe

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Ska004

Shakawe

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Ska005

Shakawe

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Ska006

Shakawe

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Ska007

Shakawe

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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