The black skimmer breeds in loose groups on sandbanks and sandy beaches in the Americas, the three to seven heavily dark-blotched buff or bluish eggs being incubated by both the male and female. The chicks leave the nest as soon as they hatch and lie inconspicuously in the nest depression or “scrape” where they are shaded from high temperatures by the parents. They may dig their own depressions in the sand at times.
This species has dark-colored plumage with bare supra-loreal skin and gular skin that is yellow or orange. An adult in breeding plumage will be mostly black with the back and coverts being a dark grayish towards the center. Nuptial crests, for which the species is named, are either white, black or a mix of the two. These are located just above the eyes with the bare skin on the face of a breeding adult being orange. A non-breeding adult will lack the crests and have more yellowish skin around the face. The bill of the adult is dark-colored.
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Grazie mille, cara Silvia. 🙂
Beautiful! Also, I know the skimmers very well from the States but just received photos of that species from home in Costa Rica. It appears infrequently on the Pacific Coast. Quite a coincidence.
Thank you, Paul. I shot this scene (Black Skimmers) in South America (Peru) in front of the Pacific Ocean, last February.