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Rynchops albicollis Swainson, 1838 – Indian Skimmer

Taxonomic Notes:

Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

This species is rare. It inhabits inland wetlands and marshlands of coasts. It is migratory, breeding in a large flock in India (Himachal Pradesh and Odisha) and Pakistan. Its wintering areas are in Myanmar, Cambodia and western India (Gujarat and Rajasthan) (BirdLife International 2017).

Conservation Status:

According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population estimate of 4,000-6,700 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to human encroachments causing pollution (BirdLife International 2017).

BirdLife International 2017. Rynchops albicollis (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22694268A110600990. Accessed on 06 February 2020.

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Bhavanarayeni, R., and A. Bayani. 2023. Rynchops albicollis Swainson, 1838 – Indian Skimmer. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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