Species Details

@Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);

River Tern Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Sterna aurantia
Family : Laridae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Indian River Tern
Habitat : Rivers and coast
Description : The River Tern is a long-winged grey waterbird with a large orange-yellow bill, black cap and long forked tail (adult bird length approximately 42 cm, wing 27 cm, bill 4 cm, tarsus 2 cm, tail 20 cm). In the breeding season, it has greyish upperparts, greyish-white underparts and a black crown, forehead. It feeds on fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects. It breeds in April-June.
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;Photo credit and copyright:Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.