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Whiskered Tern

(Chlidonias hybridus)
Alternate name(s): "Marsh Tern"
German name(s): "Weißbartseeschwalbe", "Weißbart-Seeschwalbe"

Size: 24-28 cm; wing span: 57-63 cm
Weight: 60-110 g

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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 Whiskered Tern at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "hybridus"


Sex unknown


Frontal view of a Whiskered Tern in breeding plumage in flight (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Near Temerin, Serbia, July 2017]

Lateral view of a Whiskered Tern in breeding plumage in its typical habitat, an inland marsh (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Near Temerin, Serbia, July 2017]

Race "javanicus"

Photos of Whiskered Terns, race "javanicus", were taken by us in Australia.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

whstern_20151219.m4a javanicus
? (hunting) © MD
whstern_20151219_2.m4a javanicus
? (+ Red-necked Avocet) © MD

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