Order Charadriiformes

Family Rynchopidae

Skimmers
Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this family is no longer valid and the relevant species are now considered as part of the family Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae).
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General
  • Medium-sized rather aerial waterbirds, with long, pointed wings and short legs; unique bill structure, with very narrow lower mandible much longer than upper.
  • Pantropical, extending to subtropics and marginally into temperate zone.
  • Large rivers and other water bodies, mainly inland.
  • 36-46 cm.
  • 0 genera, 0 species, 0 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Zusi, R.L. & Bonan, A. (2018). Skimmers (Rynchopidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52251 on 21 October 2018).