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Scientific Name : Sterna acuticauda
Family : Laridae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Rivers
Description : The Black-bellied Tern is a fork-tailed waterbird with bright orange-red bill (adult bird length approximately 33 cm, wing 23 cm, bill 3.6 cm, tarsus 1.5 cm, tail 15 cm). The breeding adult looks ashy-grey from above except for its black crown and nape and black from below. It has a glossy black crown. It feeds on small fish, crustaceans and insects. It breeds in March-May. The common habitat for this species is found in lowland rivers, marshes, and occasionally in ditches and pools, typically at altitudes of up to approximately 730 meters (2,400 feet). It is a strictly inland species and does not inhabit coastal areas.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: David J Barton(www.inaturalist.org/people/David J Barton),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;more information, please contact us.