French: Guifette leucoptère German: Weißflügel-Seeschwalbe Spanish: Fumarel aliblanco
Other common names:
White-winged Black Tern
NW Italy and C & E Europe E through Siberia, Transbaikalia and N Mongolia to SE Russia (Amurland) and adjacent NE China; has apparently bred in New Zealand. Winters in Africa, and from S Asia to New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand.
23–27 cm; 42–79 g (mean 66 g in Ukraine, 54 g in winter in Transvaal); wingspan 58–67 cm. Very distinctive in breeding plumage, appearing markedly black and... read more
Most vocal when nesting but at all times of year gives a loud “krek”, “kerr” or “kreek” when... read more
Breeds mainly inland, on vegetated freshwater lakes and swamps, and rice fields (Italy), from... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly aquatic insects (especially Diptera, Odonata, Coleoptera), also terrestrial insects; occasionally small fish or tadpoles. Rarely... read more
Season Apr–Aug, mainly Jun. May skip breeding in drought years. Breeds in small colonies of 3–100 pairs, mostly 20–40,... read more
Migratory. European and W Asian populations leave breeding grounds from late Jul to late Aug,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). The global population is estimated at 2,500,000-4,500,000 individuals and the overall population trend is stable, although some... read more
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