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2008-07-20 12:00:26

By Ludmilla Lelis, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla. Jul. 20--Volusia officials blocked beach driving in part of Daytona Beach Shores to shield a protected bird. The black-skimmer chick hatched Friday, prompting a 200-yard zone around its nest near the Oceans Four Condominiums, 3013 S. Atlantic Ave.


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2005-06-14 09:54:11

The Skimmers are a small family of tern-like birds in the order Charadriiformes. This order also includes the waders, gulls and auks. The three species have an elongated lower mandible. They feed by flying low over the water surface with the lower mandible skimming the water for small fish. They are tropical species which lay 3-6 eggs on sandy beaches with the female incubating the eggs.

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2008-12-18 21:48:47

The Indian Skimmer (Rynchops albicollis), is a species of bird that is found in southern Asia where it is sparsely distributed and is declining in population. Its habitat is large rivers and lakes, swamps, coastal wetlands, and estuaries. It is most common in freshwater, particularly during the breeding season. Breeding colonies are islands or sandy spits, especially on rivers. Its range has become more and more fragmented in recent decades. It is still found in areas of Pakistan, central...

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2008-12-18 21:46:11

The African Skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris), is a species of bird that is found from Senegal to northern Congo River and southern Nile Valley, southern Tanzania to Zambezi Valley, and to Natal and Angola. They live in wide tropical rivers with sandbanks, lakeshores, and coastal lagoons. It is rarely seen in parklands. Adults are 15 inches long on average. Their wings are long. The back, hind neck, and crown are black. The forehead and rest of the body is white, with a bright, long, orange...

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2008-12-18 21:44:48

The Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger), is one of three very similar bird species in the skimmer family. It is found in North and South America. Northern populations winter in the warmer waters of Caribbean and tropical and subtropical Pacific coasts. The southern races only move shorter distances when threatened by the annual floods which extend their feeding regions. The Black Skimmer is 15.5 to 20 inches long with a 42 to 50 inch wingspan. Males weigh about 11.5 ounces and the female...

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