Whiskered Tern

Scientific Name: Chlidonias hybrida
Malay Name: Camar-Tasik Bermisai Biasa
Chinese Name: 须浮鸥

Found from Africa to southern Europe, temperate Asia and discontinuously to southern Australia. Northern population winters to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: hybrida, delalandii, javanicus

Local Subspecies: hybrida

Size: 24-28 cm

Identification: Non-breeding adult has relatively short, blackish bill, mask, hindcrown and nape, white crown with dark streaks at rear, dark reddish legs/feet, shortish shallow forked tail and uniform grey upperside. Breeding adult has dark red bill/legs/feet and black forehead to nape. Juvenile resembles non-breeding adult but has buff-brown markings on scapulars and back.

Similar looking species: White-winged Tern

Habitat: Open seas, coastal habitats, mudflats, marshes and reservoirs.

Behaviour/Ecology: Usually seen with White-winged and Little Terns. Feeds largely by skimming low over water surface.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Lorong Halus, Kranji Reservoir, 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

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore