WoRMS taxon details

Rynchops flavirostris Vieillot, 1816

212828  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:212828)

accepted
Species
marine
Description Length: 36-40 cm. Plumage: whole of back and wings black; forehead and trailing edge of secondaries in spread wing white;...  
Description Length: 36-40 cm. Plumage: whole of back and wings black; forehead and trailing edge of secondaries in spread wing white; below white; some white speckling on nape and forecrown in non-breeding bird, demarcation between white forehead and black crown clearcut in breeding bird; tail whitish. Immature much duller with buff edges to feathers of head and upperparts. Bare parts: iris brown; bill with shorter upper mandible vermilion, much longer lower mandible orange merging to yellow at tip; feet and legs vermilion. Habitat: coastal lagoons and estuaries. Endemic resident and intra-African migrant. <389><391><393> [details]
WoRMS (2018). Rynchops flavirostris Vieillot, 1816. Accessed at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=212828 on 2018-04-22
Date
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1998-09-02 12:38:17Z
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Depew, Lorna
2011-04-08 06:18:06Z
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2011-04-27 09:01:37Z
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basis of record Urban, E.K., C.H. Fry & S. Keith (1986). The Birds of Africa, Volume II. Academic Press, London. [details]   
 
 Present  Inaccurate  Introduced: alien 
 

From other sources
Description Length: 36-40 cm. Plumage: whole of back and wings black; forehead and trailing edge of secondaries in spread wing white; below white; some white speckling on nape and forecrown in non-breeding bird, demarcation between white forehead and black crown clearcut in breeding bird; tail whitish. Immature much duller with buff edges to feathers of head and upperparts. Bare parts: iris brown; bill with shorter upper mandible vermilion, much longer lower mandible orange merging to yellow at tip; feet and legs vermilion. Habitat: coastal lagoons and estuaries. Endemic resident and intra-African migrant. <389><391><393> [details]

Habitat coastal regions (and inland) [details]
 

LanguageName 
Dutch Afrikaanse schaarbek  [details]
English African skimmer  [details]
French bec-en-ciseaux d'Afrique  [details]
German Afrikanischer Scherenschnabel  [details]