Black Skimmer

The black skimmer is a unique bird that can be found in many coastal areas of the Americas, from the southern United States down to Argentina. With its striking appearance and fascinating behavior, this bird has captured the attention of many birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.

Basic Description

The black skimmer is a medium-sized seabird with distinctive features that make it easy to identify. Its most notable physical characteristic are its long, narrow wings and bill. The upper part of their body is black while their head and neck are white. They also have a bright red patch around their eyes which makes them stand out even more.

Where To Find This Bird

Black skimmers prefer warm climates all year round, so they can be found nesting along coasts or on island beaches along the Atlantic coast from Connecticut southward into Florida during breeding season (May through August). During migration season they migrate down South America’s Pacific Coast as far as Peru and Chile for warmer weather.


Black Skimmers primarily live near waters like lagoons, estuaries, bays or inlets where fish populations are abundant; however some colonies may breed inland by man-made lakes/ponds if food sources available attract them there.


As their name suggests Black Skimmers “skim” for fish using a unique feeding technique: flying low over water surfaces with their lower jaw submerged while keeping an eye out for schooling fish such minnows which they eat whole after catching them quickly between both jaws ending up swallowing it immediately without chewing since no teeth exist in either jaw!

Cool Facts

– Their long bill allows them to hunt at night when prey species like small baitfish come close surface.
– In colonial settings young birds will form a “creche,” where multiple youngsters join together under one adult’s care/fed simultaneously.
– Females generally lay 3 eggs per clutch but if conditions permit especially rich food supply/climate can lay up to 6 eggs.
– Black Skimmers are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which means they cannot be taken, hunted or sold without a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

In conclusion, the black skimmer is an intriguing bird that has adapted in various ways to its natural environment. With its unique feeding habits and striking appearance, it’s no wonder why this seabird continues to attract attention from nature enthusiasts around the world.