Black-naped Tern

Scientific Name: Sterna sumatrana
Malay Name: Camar Tengkuk Hitam
Chinese Name: 黑枕燕鸥

Found from the coasts of Indian subcontinent to southern China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Australia and western Pacific

Polytypic. Subspecies are: mathewsi, sumatrana.

Local Subspecies: sumatrana

Size: 30-35 cm

Adult has white head, neck, breast and underparts with narrow black band from eyes to hindnape, dark pinkish legs and feet which appeared blackish from far, all black bill and whitish-grey mantle and upperwings. Juvenile resembles adult but has blackish subterminal markings on mantle feathers, scapulars and tertials .

Habitat: Sea-coasts and open seas.

Behaviour/Ecology: Nest is a scrape on ground or eggs laid on bare rock.

Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)

Location: Changi, Pasir Ris Park, Pulau Ubin, Straits of Johor and Straits of Singapore.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2018). Sterna sumatrana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
Robson, C. (2008). A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia. New Holland Publishers.