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  Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus)





Whiskered Tern | Chlidonias hybridus photo
Whiskered Tern

Image by Marek Szczepanek - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Whiskered Tern | Chlidonias hybridus photo
Whiskered Tern

Image by Marek Szczepanek - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



WHISKERED TERN FACTS

Description
The Whiskered Tern is a fairly small tern often seen on inland wetlands. The non breeding adult has pale grey back and wings, white underside, mottled black cap on head, pink legs and dark bill. In the breeding season the cap is black, bill is red and chest darker grey. Young birds are have streaked brown on back and wings and duller legs.

Size
25 cm

Habitat
freshwater wetlands, swamps, lakes, floodwaters, large dams, wet grassland and farmland



Food
fish, frogs, crustaceans, insects. They feed on land and in the water

Breeding
Whiskered Terns breed in colonies in inland swamps and marshes. The nest is a raft of plant matter attached to the shore or afloat.

Range
found in most of the mainland except arid interior - Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory

distribution map showing range of Chlidonias hybridus in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Laridae
Genus:Chlidonias
Species:hybridus
Common Name:Whiskered Tern

Relatives in same Genus
  White-winged Black Tern (C. leucopterus)
  Black Tern (C. niger)