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Whiskered Tern

(Chlidonias hybridus)
Alternate name(s): "Marsh Tern"
Size: 24-28 cm; wing span: 57-63 cm
Weight: 80 g (average)


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

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Race "hybridus"

There are no photos of Whiskered Terns from Oman yet, but we have photographed race "hybridus" in Europe.

Race "javanicus"

We have photographed race "javanicus" in Australia.

Food, Diet

Whiskered Terns feed on crustaceans, which they dig out of mud under shallow water (both saline and fresh water).


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_20220116_4.m4a javanicus
Contact call? © MD
whstern_20220116_3.m4a javanicus
Contact calls? © MD
whstern_20220116_2.m4a javanicus
Contact calls? (Q&A) © MD
whstern_vc_20220130.m4a javanicus
Contact calls? (Q&A; in-flight) © VC
whstern_20220116.m4a javanicus
Contact calls? (Q&A; mob) © MD
whstern_vc_20211110_2.m4a javanicus
Various (hunting & feeding) © VC
whstern_20220130.m4a javanicus
Various (juveniles? in-flight) © MD

More Whiskered Tern sound recordings are available at .

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