French: Bec-en-ciseaux d’Afrique German: Afrikanischer Scherenschnabel Spanish: Rayador africano
Rhynchops [sic] flavirostris
“Australasie”; error = Senegal
Major rivers and lakes of Africa S of Sahara, from Senegal E to Sudan and SW Ethiopia and S to extreme N Namibia (R Cunene), N Botswana, basin of R Zambezi and S Mozambique; may have bred in S Egypt (on L Nasser) in 1987. Non-breeding visitor NW to R Gambia and Egyptian stretches of R Nile.
36–42 cm; 111–204 g; wingspan c. 106 cm; culmen of male 61–70 mm, of female 51–62 mm. Unmistakable within range. Smaller than congeners; differs from... read more
Generally vocalizes rather infrequently, most usually in flight and principally around colonies: a... read more
Rivers at low water, coastal lagoons, saltpans, open marshes, lakes; less common along coast. Rests... read more
Food and feeding
Fish, e.g. cichlids, up to 8 cm long. Crepuscular and nocturnal, as well as diurnal. Food caught exclusively by skimming the water in... read more
Laying generally Mar–Jun in W & E Africa, mainly Jul–Nov S of equator (e.g. Aug–Nov in Botswana); season varies... read more
Migrates up and down larger rivers, and to and from inland lakes, over distances of up to at least... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered to be Near Threatened and probably in decline. Recently listed on Appendix 2 of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory... read more
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