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Tern, Chinese Crested
Bird Info
Bird Info
Conservation status
Scientific Name:
Thalasseus bernsteini
Asia, China, Global, IndoChina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand Read more
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Based on the paucity of recent records and tiny number of known breeding pairs (c.10 pairs annually) the global population is thought to be tiny (fewer than 50 individuals and mature individuals). ...
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The Chinese Crested Tern (Thalasseus bernsteini, syn. Sterna bernsteini - see Bridge et al., 2005) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae, closely related to Sandwich Tern T. sandvicensis and Lesser Crested Tern T. bengalensis. It is most similar to the former, differing only in the bill pattern, which is the reverse of the Sandwich Tern's, being yellow with a black tip. From Lesser Crested Tern, which it overlaps in wintering distribution, it can be told by the white rump and paler grey mantle, as well as the black tip to the bill, which seen from up close also has a white point. The larger Greater Crested Tern is also similar, differing in th stouter, all-yellow bill and darker grey mantle and rump, as well as in size. ...
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