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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Laridae
Genus:Chlidonias
Genus species:Chlidonias leucopterus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:20-23 cm
Weight:54 g
Identification:The nonbreeding white-winged black tern has dark gray upperparts. Its crown, nape, shoulder bar, and upper mantle are black. The forehead, collar, and underparts are white. The tern has a black bill and purple feet. The breeding tern, however, has a black head, mantle, and underparts. The wings are gray in color. Its shoulder, tail, and tail coverts are white. The tern's bill is crimson, and its feet are orange-red.
Habitat:Wetlands, rivers, shallow marshes, lagoons, lakes, reservoirs, usually fresh water
Diet:Carnivore: fish, invertebrates
Reproduction:The female lays two or three pale brown or creamy eggs each breeding season.
Terns are usually found in small flocks, but larger numbers may congregate where there is a large food supply.
Behavior:Terns are excellent fliers but not particularly good swimmers.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The nest of the white-winged black tern is made of aquatic vegetation and it floats in shallow water.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern Europe
Eastern Australia
Southern Australia
Africa
Date:1976-10 Subjects:gull-like bird
White-winged black tern
White-winged tern
Terns
Laridae
Charadriiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata