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The family Rynchopidae is a small family of three bird species commonly called skimmers. Skimmers are the only birds with distinctive uneven bills with the lower mandible longer than the upper. This remarkable adaptation allows them to fish in a unique way, flying low and fast over streams. Their lower mandible skims or slices over the water's surface ready to snap shut any small fish unable to dart clear.



ITEMS in the Family: Rynchopidae

Black Skimmer  (Rhynchops niger)
Black Skimmer Skull