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Vulnerable (VU)

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Biology

Skimmers are social birds, which nest in colonies, roost communally on sand banks, and feed either singly or in flocks (3) (4). The Indian skimmer hunts up and down large rivers and lakes both during the day and during moonlit nights (3) (4). Food is caught almost exclusively by skimming the water in flight with the longer, projecting lower mandible submerged to snap shut on contact with fish, which are then swallowed either in flight or after landing (3). Breeding occurs between February and May, producing clutches of three to four eggs (4).

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