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African Skimmer Video Stock Footage

African skimmers have long wings, with a black back, hindneck, and crown. The forehead and rest of the body is white, with a bright, long, orange beak that ends with a yellow tip (black tip when immature). Their short forked tail is white, and their legs are bright red. The average size is about 38 cm (15 in) long. Their voice is a sharp "kip-kip". Their bill structure is unique the lower mandible is much longer than the upper mandible, and is flattened sideways like scissor blades.

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Animalia: Chordata: Charadriiformes: Aves: Laridae: Rynchops flavirostris

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