Species Details

@MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);

Whiskered Tern Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Chlidonias hybrida
Family : Laridae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : The Whiskered Tern is a small silvery-grey waterbird with a slightly forked tail (adult bird length approximately 25 cm, wing 22 cm, bill 3.4 cm, tarsus 2.2 cm, tail 7.8 cm). The breeding adult looks graceful silvery-grey from above. The non-breeding adult looks entirely pale grey except for black streaks on its white crown. It mainly feeds on insects like dragonflies, larvae, grasshoppers and water beetles. It also takes tadpoles, crabs and fish.
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:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.