Category Archive: Sternidae

May 21 2013

The ritual of the birdman cult, the Manutara of Motu Nui

The Sooty Tern breeds often in great colonies on remote rocky islands and reefs. One of its regular breeding-places is the small rocky island of Moto Nui, lying off the S.W. end of Easter Island close to the crater of Rano Kao. In this post is described the great annual ceremony which was observed by …

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May 03 2013

Identification juvenile common vs Arctic Tern

Plate from RSPB site.

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May 03 2013

Identification, Roseate vs Common vs Arctic Tern

Plate from RSPB site

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May 08 2011

Yellow billed Tern (Sterna superciliaris)

[order] Charadriiformes | [family] Sternidae | [latin] Sterna superciliaris | [UK] Yellow-billed Tern | [FR] Sterne argentee | [DE] Amazonasseeschwalbe | [ES] Charrancito amazonico | [IT] Sterna dell’Amazzonia | [NL] Amazonestern Subspecies Monotypic species Physical charateristics Small tern with a greenish bill, in breeding plamage dark grey above and white below. Forehead white with a …

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May 08 2011

Little Tern (Sterna antillarum)

[order] Charadriiformes | [family] Sternidae | [latin] Sterna antillarum | [UK] Little Tern | [FR] Petite Sterne | [DE] Amerikanische Zwergseeschwalbe | [ES] Charrancito Americano | [IT] Fraticello americano | [NL] Amerikaanse Dwergstern Subspecies Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range Sternula albifrons AF, EU, OR, AU widespread Sternula albifrons albifrons …

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May 08 2011

Royal Tern (Sterna maxima)

[order] Charadriiformes | [family] Sternidae | [latin] Sterna maxima | [UK] Royal Tern | [FR] Sterne royale | [DE] Konigsseeschwalbe | [ES] Charran real | [IT] Sterna reale | [NL] Koningsstern Subspecies Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range Thalasseus maximus NA, LA, AF coasts Thalasseus maximus albididorsalis Mauritania to Guinea …

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May 08 2011

Cayenne Tern (Sterna eurygnatha)

[order] Charadriiformes | [family] Sternidae | [latin] Sterna eurygnatha | [UK] Cayenne Tern | [FR] Sterne caugek | [DE] Brandseeschwalbe | [ES] Gaviotin Brasilero | [IT] Beccapesci | [NL] Grote Stern Subspecies Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range Physical charateristics Cayenne Tern tends to have a darker mantle than Sandwich …

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May 08 2011

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus)

[order] Charadriiformes | [family] Sternidae | [latin] Anous stolidus | [UK] Brown Noddy | [FR] Noddi brun | [DE] Noddi | [ES] Tinosa boba | [IT] Sterna stolida bruna | [NL] Noddy Subspecies Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range Anous stolidus TrO widespread Anous stolidus galapagensis Galapagos Is. Anous stolidus …

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May 08 2011

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)

[order] Charadriiformes | [family] Sternidae | [latin] Chlidonias niger | [UK] Black Tern | [FR] Guifette noire | [DE] Trauerseeschwalbe | [ES] Gaviotin Negro | [IT] Mignattino | [NL] Zwarte Stern Subspecies Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range Phaetusa niger Chlidonias niger NA, EU widespread LA coasts Chlidonias niger niger …

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May 08 2011

Gull billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica)

[order] Charadriiformes | [family] Sternidae | [latin] Gelochelidon nilotica | [UK] Gull-billed Tern | [FR] Sterne hansel | [DE] Lachseeschwalbe | [ES] Gaviotin de Pico Negro | [IT] Sterna zampenere | [NL] Lachstern Subspecies Genus Species subspecies Breeding Range Breeding Range 2 Non Breeding Range Hydroprogne nilotica Gelochelidon nilotica Worldwide widespread Gelochelidon nilotica affinis Japan, …

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