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  White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus)





White-winged Black Tern | Chlidonias leucopterus photo
White-winged Black Tern

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White-winged Black Tern | Chlidonias leucopterus photo
White-winged Black Tern

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White-winged Black Tern | Chlidonias leucopterus photo
White_winged tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) Kazinga Channel Uganda

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The White-winged Black Tern is a small tern often found around fresh water. The breeding plumage has black body, white rump , pale greyish white wings and tail, black bill and pink legs. The non breeding adult has grey back and wings, white underside, grey head cap with small black patches around the ears. Juveniles are similar to non breeding adults with more brownish scalloped pattern on wings.

Size
23 cm

Habitat
coastal wetlands, freshwater wetlands, wet grasslands

Food
fish, insects

Breeding
the nest is made of plant material built on floating vegetation or on the ground near water. The female lays 2 to 4 eggs. It does not breed in Australia.

Range
breeds in southern Europe and central Asia and migrate to Africa, southern Asia and Australia after breeding. In Australia found on coast and inland Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

distribution map showing range of Chlidonias leucopterus 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:leucopterus
Common Name:White-winged Black Tern

Relatives in same Genus
  Whiskered Tern (C. hybridus)
  Black Tern (C. niger)