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Fairy Tern

(Sternula nereis)
Size: 21-25 cm; wing span ca. 50 cm
Weight: 58-81 g (race "nereis")

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Fairy Tern at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "nereis"

ADULT

BREEDING

Frontal view of an adult Fairy Tern in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Penguin Island, near Rockingham, WA, March 2016]

Lateral portrait of an adult Fairy Tern in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Penguin Island, near Rockingham, WA, March 2016]

Lateral view of an adult Fairy Tern in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Penguin Island, near Rockingham, WA, March 2016]

Lateral view of an adult Fairy Tern in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Penguin Island, near Rockingham, WA, March 2016]

Near-dorsal view of an adult Fairy Tern in breeding plumage with its wings spread, giving a view of its upperwing pattern (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

Dorsal view of an adult Fairy Tern in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Penguin Island, near Rockingham, WA, March 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a (ring-marked) juvenile Fairy Tern (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Penguin Island, near Rockingham, WA, March 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Fairy Tern (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Penguin Island, near Rockingham, WA, March 2016]

Juvenile Fairy Tern flying in to beg for food (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Alfred Cove, Swan River, Perth, WA, January 2017]

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