- Rynchops albicollis
38–43 cm (15-17 inches)
The Indian Skimmer which is also commonly refereed as Scissor Bill has a striking feature which is it's bill. The skimmer has the lower mandible) longer than the upper bill.
- Large orange-red beak
- Black cap and upperparts
- White forehead, nape and body
In India it is generally confined to or near the Ganges. But there has been sighting of this bird in the year 2009 , down south in the coastal city called Chennai ( Muthaliar Kuppam ) in the state of Tamil Nadu - Southern India. This has been the first sighting of a live bird down south.
Rivers , lakes and back waters. They prefer very shallow water.
Vulnerable, due to habitat disturbance.
Their diet consists of fish, insect larvae and shrimps.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- BF Member observations
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Indian Skimmer. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 21 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Indian_Skimmer