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About the Whiskered Tern

The Whiskered Tern is a seabird with three seperate geographical races, differing mainly in size and minor plumage details.Hybridus breeds in warmer parts of Europe and Asia, the smaller-billed and darker Delalandii is found in east and south Africa, and the paler Javanicus can be found from Java to Australia. The tropical forms are resident, but European and Asian birds winter south to Africa and southern Asia.

The Whiskered Tern breeds in colonies on inland marshes, sometimes amongst Black-headed Gulls, which provide some protection.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 20 July 2007
Scientific Name Chlidonias hybridus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Sternidae
  • Chlidonias
  • C. hybridus
Birdorable Family Terns & Gulls
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 27 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
23 to 25 inches
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Southeast Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • Rybák Bahenní (Czech)
  • Hvidskægget Terne (Danish)
  • Witwangstern (Dutch)
  • Valkoposkitiira (Finnish)
  • Guifette Moustac (French)
  • Weißbart-Seeschwalbe (German)
  • Mignattino Piombato (Italian)
  • クロハラアジサシ (Kuroharaajisashi) (Japanese)
  • 구레나룻제비갈매기 (Gurenarutjebigalmaegi) (Korean)
  • Hvitkinnsvartterne (Norwegian)
  • Rybitwa białowąsa (Polish)
  • Белощекая крачка (Russian)
  • Fumarel Cariblanco (Spanish)
  • Skäggtärna (Swedish)

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