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Caspian Tern
2009-04-07 18:48:47

The Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia, formerly Hydroprogne tschegrava) is a species of bird with an extensive range, but scattered distribution. It is found in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. In North America it is found on large lakes and ocean coasts. In Europe it is found mainly around the Baltic Sea and the Black Sea. North American birds migrate to southern...

White Tern
2006-02-22 13:45:04

The White Tern (Gygis alba) is a small seabird found across the tropical oceans of the world. Often known as the Fairy Tern, this beautiful tern is famous for laying its egg on bare thin branches in a small fork or depression without a nest. They use this balancing act to avoid predation of the eggs as the branches they choose are too small for rats or even small lizards to climb. Safe from...

White-winged Tern
2006-02-22 13:32:44

The White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) - sometimes referred to as the White-winged Black Tern - is a small tern. The name 'White-winged Tern' is the standard in most English-speaking countries; in Britain, this name is also the one used by the formal ornithological recording authorities, but the older alternative 'White-winged Black Tern' is still frequent in popular use. Summer...

Whiskered Tern
2006-02-22 13:23:05

The Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae and is the largest of all marsh terns. This bird has a number of geographical races, differing mainly in size and minor plumage details. C. h. hybridus breeds in the warmer parts of Europe and Asia. The smaller-billed and darker C. h. delalandii is found in east and south Africa, and the paler C. h. javanicus...

Sooty Tern
2006-02-22 12:45:18

The Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. It can be found in tropical oceans and it breeds on islands throughout the equatorial zone. This bird is migratory, wintering more widely through the tropical oceans. It prefers more marine habitats compared to most terns. This species is an extremely rare vagrant to Western Europe, although a bird was present at Cemlyn...

Bridled Tern
2006-02-22 12:33:56

The Bridled Tern (Sterna anaethetus) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. It is found in tropical oceans: the Atlantic race breeds in Mexico, the Caribbean and west Africa, and other races around Arabia and in southeast Asia and Australasia. This migratory bird is dispersive and winters more widely through the tropical oceans. It has markedly marine habits compared to most terns. This...

River Tern
2006-02-22 11:15:55

The River Tern (Sterna aurantia) is a bird in the tern family . This resident breeder can be found along inland rivers from Iran east through India and Myanmar to Thailand (where it is uncommon). It does not occur in Sri Lanka. Unlike most Sterna terns, it is almost exclusively found on freshwater and rarely ventures to tidal creeks. Breeding season lasts from March to May. Large colonies...

Sandwich Tern
2006-02-22 11:03:26

The Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. Sometimes it is placed in an alternative genus as Thalasseus sandvicensis. This bird has three races: S. s. sandvicensis breeds on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts of Europe, and winters off western Africa and Arabia. The marginally smaller S. s. acuflavida breeds on Atlantic coasts of North America,...

Lesser Crested Tern
2006-02-22 10:46:58

The Lesser Crested Tern (Sterna bengalensis or sometimes Thalasseus bengalensis) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. Its breeding habitat can be found in subtropical coastal parts of the world mainly from the Red Sea across the Indian Ocean to the western Pacific, and Australia. A significant population resides on the southern coast of the Mediterranean on islands off the Libyan...

Gull-billed Tern
2006-02-22 10:25:49

The Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica or Gelochelidon nilotica) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. It breeds in warmer parts of the world. It can be found in southern Europe (and a very small isolated population in northern Germany and Denmark), temperate and eastern Asia, both coasts of North America, eastern South America and Australia. This bird has a number of geographical races,...

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.