Black Skimmer Rynchops niger

  • Order: Charadriiformes
  • Family: Laridae
  • Polytypic: 3 subspecies
  • Authors: Kara L. Lefevre

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Black Skimmer often is quiet, except at breeding colonies. The typical call is a "nasal barking CAaa" (Hilty and Brown 1986) or "dull yaps and barks: yup and kew" (Lane, in Schulenberg et al. 2010).

Additional audio recordings of vocalizations of Black Skimmer can be heard at Macaulay Library and at xeno-canto.

Nonvocal Sounds

An audible click sometimes is heard when the mandibles snap together on catching a fish (Gochfeld and Burger 1996)..

Recommended Citation

Lefevre, K. L. (2018). Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger), version 1.0. In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.