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.
coastal wetlands, freshwater wetlands, wet grasslands
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.
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.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||White-winged Black Tern|
Relatives in same Genus
Whiskered Tern (C. hybridus)
Black Tern (C. niger)