Rhynchops niger

Status:  No accepted records.

Taxonomy: There are three subspecies (Gill and Donsker 2017): cinerascens and intercedens of South America, and niger of coastal USA and Mexico.

Comments: There are two reports, neither acceptably documented. One was reported at Pawnee Lake, Lancaster Co, 10 Sep 2005, but the report was not accepted by NOURC as it “lacked sufficient details for this species to be placed on the Official State List” (Brogie 2006). The second was seen by several observers on Lake Ogallala, Keith Co 20 Jul 2015; this record was not accepted by NOURC as the description submitted of the bird’s behavior did not match that of Black Skimmer (Brogie 2016).


NOURC: Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union Records Committee

Literature Cited

Brogie, M.A. 2006. 2005 (17th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 74: 69-74.

Brogie, M.A. 2016. 2015 (27th) Report of the NOU Records Committee. NBR 84: 138-150.

Gill, F., and D. Donsker (Eds). 2017. IOC World Bird List (v 7.3).

Recommended Citation

Silcock, W.R., and J.G. Jorgensen.  2018.  Black Skimmer (Rhynchops niger). In Birds of Nebraska — Online. www.BirdsofNebraska.org

Birds of Nebraska – Online

Updated 13 Jul 2018