White-winged Tern

About the White-winged Tern

Also known as: White-winged Black Tern

The White-winged Tern (or White-winged Black Tern, which is the older alternative name), is a small tern generally found in or near bodies of fresh water from Southeastern Europe to Australia. It is a scarce vagrant in North America, mainly on the Atlantic coast, but there have been a few records on the Pacific coast and inland in the Great Lakes area.

Unlike 'white' (Sterna) terns, these birds do not dive for fish, but fly slowly over the water to surface-pick items on the surface and catch insects in flight. They mainly eat insects and small fish.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 20 July 2007
Scientific Name
Chlidonias leucopterus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Sternidae
  • Chlidonias
  • C. leucopterus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 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
9 inches


International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Trinta-reis-negro
Chinese (汉语) 白翅浮鸥
Czech (Cesky) Rybák Bělokřídlý
Danish (Dansk) Hvidvinget Terne
Dutch (Nederlands) Witvleugelstern
Finnish (Suomi) Valkosiipitiira
French (Français) Guifette leucoptère
German (Deutsch) Weißflügelseeschwalbe
Italian (Italiano) Mignattino alibianche
Japanese (日本語) ハジロクロハラアジサシ (Hajirokuroharaajisashi)
Korean (한국어) 흰죽지갈매기
Norwegian (Norsk) Hvitvingesvartterne
Polish (Polski) Rybitwa Białoskrzydła
Russian (русский язык) Белокрылая крачка
Spanish (Español) Fumarel Aliblanco
Swedish (Svenska) Vitvingad Tärna
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