Thursday, June 06, 2013

Black Skimmer

 The Black Skimmer is a sea bird that lives in North and South America.  They spend the winter in warm Caribbean climates.  They are up to 20 inches long with up to a 50 inch wingspan.  They are beautiful, striking birds with their black feathers, white to gray underbodies and bold red and black beak.  Interestingly, they have brown eyes that are "cat like" (vertical pupil) in appearance.
 The are graceful and quick, feeding by gliding above the water, opening their beaks and catching fish, insects and other sea life.
 They fly in groups or solo, but are acrobatic in their patterns.  The more dominant of the group take the first position.
Another interesting fact, the black skimmers make a sound similar to a dog barking!

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