Black-bellied tern

Black-bellied tern

Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Sterna acuticauda

The black-bellied tern is a tern found near large rivers in the Indian subcontinent, its range extending from Pakistan, Nepal and India to Myanmar. It has become very scarce in the eastern part of its range and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has assessed its conservation status as being endangered. They have a black belly in the summer and a deep forked tail. They can sometimes resemble whiskered terns, but the deeper fork of the tail and the black on the lower belly distinguish them from the shallow fork and black closer to the breast on the whiskered tern. Considering that sequence analysis supports moving the similar black-fronted tern into Chlidonias, this species might also be better placed in that genus, but no research has yet been conducted.

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Pi

Piscivores

Te

Terrestrial

Co

Congregatory

Ov

Oviparous

Pr

Precocial

So

Soaring birds

Se

Seabird

So

Social

No

Not a migrant

B

starts with

Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition

References

1. Black-bellied tern Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-bellied_tern
2. Black-bellied tern on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22694711/110488626
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/687295

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