French: Sterne des baleiniers German: Damaraseeschwalbe Spanish: Charrancito de Damara
Sometimes thought to be close to the S. albifrons group (see that species). Monotypic.
23 cm; 46 g; wingspan 51 cm. Typical small tern, but all black bill, black forehead and lores; legs yellowish to dusky. Non-breeding adult has white forehead, and crown... read more
A sharp, high-pitched "tsit tsit" and a harsh, rapid "kid-ick" or "rrreekikkik".
Breeds on gravel and stony plains and dunes, up to 3 km inland; shuns outer beach frequented by... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly small fishas well as small squid. The Cape Silverside Atherina breviceps, Southern Mullet Liza richardsonii, Cape... read more
Late Oct to mid-Nov, with new clutches into Feb. Groups of 1–10 pairs, occasionally 50; nests widely spaced, average distance 57... read more
An intra-African migrant, spending the non-breeding period on the shores of the Gulf of Guinea,... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. A total of 70 breeding colonies are known across entire breeding range, of which 56 (accounting for 87%–93% of the breeding population) are found along... read more
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