Indian Skimmer


Indian skimmer is also known as Indian scissors-bill. It ploughs its lower mandible along the surface of water, so as to pick the aquatic prey.

It has been classified as Vulnerable on IUCN Red list

How does the bird appear…

Indian skimmer has black cap on head with white forehead and nape. The upper parts are black and under parts are white. Tail is short, white and forked with central blackish feather. Wings are long and pointed. Bill is long, thick, orange with yellow tip and has lower mandible longer than upper mandible.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It is commonly seen at freshwater. It is found at large rivers and lakes, swamps and coastal wetlands.


It forages in small flocks. It feeds mainly on fish but also takes crustaceans and insects.

Breeding & Nesting

Breeding season is from March to May. Nest is simple scrape on the sandy bank. Belly-soaking behavior is seen in incubating adult so as to cool down the eggs.



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