Whiskered Tern

Chlidonias hybrida

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

CHIHYB

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Whiskered Tern has a large breeding range of 10,00,000 square kilometers. It breeds in marshes and other wetland habitats in southern and eastern Europe, southern Africa, and central and eastern Asia. This species winters in much of Africa, southern Asia, Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, Australia, and Palau. The global population of this species is estimated to be anywhere from 300,000 to 1,500,000 individuals. The population is believed to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

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PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

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SUMMARY

Overview

Whiskered Tern: Small to medium-sized gray tern, black cap, white throat. White vent. Gray-white underwing. Red bill. Long wings. Short, notched tail. Sexes similar, non-breeding adults white, gray-white wings, red-gray bill and legs, black streaks on back of crown. Juvenile like non-breeding adult but orange-brown and black mottling on back.

 

Range and Habitat

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Whiskered Tern SONGS AND CALLS

Whiskered Tern A3

"Kek" calls as a bird flies over a large salt pan.

Whiskered Tern L2

Calls made while feeding.

Similar Sounding

White-winged Tern A1

Sharp "krrek" calls from a pair in flight.


Voice Text

"krekk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Chicks can leave the nest within one day and swim to vegetation.
  • The Whiskered Tern's scientific name reflects its similar appearance to both the white Sterna and Black Terns.
  • This species is the largest of the marsh terns.
  • A group of terns is collectively known as a "ternery" or a "U" of terns.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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BACKYARD BIRDING

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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The area on top of the head of the bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
Lower mandibleX
The lower part of the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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