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Tern, Black-bellied
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Sterna acuticauda
Asia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Global, India, IndoChina, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, PakistanIndiaBanghladesh, Thailand, Vietnam Read more
Related Reading
Despite its large range, the species could now number fewer, perhaps significantly fewer, than 10,000 mature individuals (Perennou et al. 1994, S. Mahood in litt . 2012), although this may be over-cautious (BirdLife International 2001). The population estimate is currently placed at 10,000-25,000 i ...
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The Black-bellied Tern (Sterna acuticauda) is a tern found near large rivers in the Indian Subcontinent. They have a black belly in the summer and a deep forked tail. They can sometimes resemble Whiskered Terns but the deeper fork and the black on the lower belly distinguish it from the shallow fork and black closer to the breast on the Whiskered Tern. Considering that sequence|sequence analysis supports moving the similar Black-fronted Tern "Sterna" albostriata) into Chlidonias, this species might also be better placed in that genus, but no research has yet been conducted. ...
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