Sterna paradisaea   Pontoppidan,  1763 (Bird)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Sternidae

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Description
Size: 33-36 cm.

Voice: A kriii-a, clearer and shorter than Common Tern's.

Habits: Similar to other common terns.

Sexes alike. Similar to Common Tern, but bill, neck and legs shorter, tail longer. Non-breeding ( winter): Bill and legs red, primaries translucent, underparts grayer. Juvenile: Differs from the juvenile of Common Tern by white secondaries and inner primaries and without brown on upperparts.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Arctic Tern (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Open Sea, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Carnivorous, mainly comprising fish, molluscs and aquatic insects.
IUCN Status:  Least Concern

Biogeography


• INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at - http://www.iucnredlist.org/
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • PBase Available at - http://www.pbase.com/

Page last updated on:2013-02-12

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