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Black Skimmer    Rynchops niger

In North America, the Black Skimmer breeds along the Atlantic coast from Massachusetts to Florida and along the Gulf coast from Florida to the Yucatan Peninsula.  Although this species winters as far north as the Carolinas, the majority of the North American population winters along the Atlantic coast of southern Florida, the Gulf coast, and southward along both coasts of Mexico and Central America.

In Florida, the Black Skimmer is a year-round resident.  They nest from May through August.  Colonies have been observed on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.  Birds from the northern states swell the population in the fall.

Because of dwindling populations, this species is considered a Threatened Species in Florida.  The main threat is habitat loss due to coastal development

The photos on this page were taken in the following locations: Stump Pass (Charlotte County), Estero Lagoon (Lee County), Fort DeSoto (Pinellas County), Siesta Beach and Lido Beach (Sarasota County), and Fort Island (Citrus County).