Species Details

@Syed Abbas (Birdwing,Bangladesh);

Common Gull‑billed Tern Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Gelochelidon nilotica
Family : Laridae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Coast
Description : The Gull-billed Tern is a pale pearl-grey and white water bird with a stout black bill and grey shallowly forked tail (adult bird length approximately 38 cm, wing 32 cm, bill 3.7 cm, tarsus 3.5 cm, tail: 8.5 cm, outer 13 cm, depth of fork 3.9 cm). In the breeding season, it looks pale pearl-grey from above and white from below. Its irises are black-brown, It feeds on insects, crustaceans, small fish and amphibians. They forms breeding colonies in various habitats such as lakes, marshes, and coastal areas, including bays and earthen levees. It chooses to nest on the ground, creating a shallow depression in the soil. Within this scrape, the tern lays a clutch of two to five eggs.
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;bird song owner:Oscar Campbell(www.xeno-canto.org/Oscar Campbell), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.