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White-winged Black Tern

(Chlidonias leucopterus)
Alternate name(s): "White-winged Tern", "White-tailed Tern"
Size: 22-24 cm; wing span ca. 65 cm (average)
Weight: 50-78 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See White-winged Black Tern at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Photos in breeding plumage were obtained in Europe.


Lateral view of a White-winged Black Tern in non-breeding plumage, front, with a Whiskered Tern, also in non-breeding plumage, behind it (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Sewage Treatment Plant, Darwin, NT, July 2013]

White-winged Black Terns in non-breeding plumage in flight, together with one Whiskered Tern in breeding plumage [upper left] (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Leanyer Sewage Treatment Plant, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

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