Local subspecies: Rynchops niger intercedens, distributed in E and S Brazil and neighbouring countries. The species lives close to big rivers and lakes; during the migrations period, it can also be seen at the coast, on beaches etc.
Figure 1. This pair of Black Skimmers was observed flying, and presumably looking for prey, over a water reservoir in a farming region about 10 km from the coast, in (or close to) São-Gonçalo-do-Amarante municipality. The water level in the reservoir was low, and many other water birds, like herons and Black Stilts, could be seen wading and foraging in the shallow water.
The surrounding habitat was heavily degraded and overgrazed secondary caatinga, with some cultivated fields.To top of page