Whiskered Tern

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 20 July 2007
Scientific Name
Chlidonias hybridus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Sternidae
  • Chlidonias
  • C. hybridus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
23 to 25 inches


International Names

Czech (Cesky) Rybák Bahenní
Danish (Dansk) Hvidskægget Terne
Dutch (Nederlands) Witwangstern
Finnish (Suomi) Valkoposkitiira
French (Français) Guifette Moustac
German (Deutsch) Weißbart-Seeschwalbe
Italian (Italiano) Mignattino Piombato
Japanese (日本語) クロハラアジサシ (Kuroharaajisashi)
Korean (한국어) 구레나룻제비갈매기 (Gurenarutjebigalmaegi)
Norwegian (Norsk) Hvitkinnsvartterne
Polish (Polski) Rybitwa białowąsa
Russian (русский язык) Белощекая крачка
Spanish (Español) Fumarel Cariblanco
Swedish (Svenska) Skäggtärna
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