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Whiskered Tern

Chlidonias hybrida

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Terns (Sternidae)

BTO 2

WD

BTO 5

WHKTE

Euring 5

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Not Assessed

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


In the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland, the Whiskered Tern is a very rare migrant with two records per year on average. The conservation status for this species is "not assessed' in the UK because it only occurs as a rare migrant, and is not globally threatened.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Whiskered Tern: Small to medium-sized grey tern, black cap, white throat. White vent. Grey-white underwing. Red bill. Long wings. Short, notched tail. Sexes similar, non-breeding adults white, grey-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

Whiskered Tern: Rare vagrant to the UK & Ireland. Breeds in temperate regions of Europe and Asia. Winters in Africa, South and Southeast Asia. Found year-round in parts of Africa, Madagascar, India, China, Australia, and all of Taiwan. Prefers freshwater habitats, also found in coastal lagoons.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Xeno-Canto Sound

Whiskered Tern L2

  • Title: Whiskered Tern L2
  • Recordist: Jarek Matusiak
  • Description: Calls made while feeding.
  • Location: pl
  • Date: "October 19, 2016"

Whiskered Tern L1

  • Title: Whiskered Tern L1
  • Recordist: Jarek Matusiak
  • Description: Flight call is a "kek" or "kreck".
  • Location: pl
  • Date: "October 19. 2016"

Whiskered Tern A3

  • Title: Whiskered Tern A3
  • Recordist: Andrew Spencer
  • Description: "Kek" calls as a bird flies over a large salt pan.
  • Location: lk
  • Date: "October 19, 2016"

Voice Text

"krekk"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of terns is collectively known as a "ternery" or a "U" of terns.
  • hicks can leave the nest within one day and swim to vegetation.
  • This species is the largest of the marsh terns.

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Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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