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White-cheeked Tern

(Sterna repressa)
Size: 32-34 cm; wing span: 58-63 cm


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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See White-cheeked Tern at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

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Sex unknown


Lateral view of White-cheeked Terns in breeding plumage
[Near Sur, May 2010]

White-cheeked Terns in breeding plumage
[Near Sur, May 2010]

Frontal view of a White-cheeked Tern in breeding plumage (the bird on the left raising its head), seen together with Lesser Crested Terns (orange bills) and a taller Greater Crested Tern in the background, with its yellow bill
[Near Sur, May 2010]

Near-dorsal view of a White-cheeked Tern in breeding plumage in flight
[Near Sur, May 2010]

In this photo several species of terns are shown: The second bird from the right and from the left are White-cheeked Terns; those with orange bills are all Lesser Crested Terns; the two taller birds on the right with dark bills are Sandwich Terns
[Near Sur, May 2010]

Here a White-cheeked Tern (right) together with a few Crested Terns (centre) and a Sandwich Tern on the left
[Near Sur, May 2010]

Food, Diet

Like all terns, White-cheeked Terns feed on fish, which they catch with their bills just under the surface of water in a steep high-speed dive from considerable height.

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