Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Terns :: Common Tern

Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Described by: Linnaeus (1758)
Alternate common name(s): None known by website authors
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Fort DeSoto County Park, Pinellas County, Florida, USA - Nov 9, 2004 © William Hull  East Fork State Park, Clermont County, Ohio, USA - Aug 31, 2005 © William Hull  East Fork State Park, Clermont County, Ohio, USA - Aug 31, 2005 © William Hull  Longboat Key, Manatee County, Florida, USA - Jun 1, 2001 © William Hull  Hasaki, Ibaraki, Japan - May 11, 2003 © William Hull 
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Worldwide distribution;
(1) North America in Canada (Alberta, Mackenzie, n. Saskatchewan and from c. Ontario e. to Labrador and Newfoundland s. to the United States in e. Washington, ne. Montana, ne. South Dakota, c. Minnesota and from n. Illinois e. to New England s. to South Carolina and locally along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico from w. Florida to Texas, Berumuda, West Indies (Greater Sundas and Dominica in the Lesser Antilles, Netherlands Antilles off n. Venezuela) s. at least to e. Brazil (e. Bahia), Azores, Canary Is., Madeira, Europe from the British Isles through n. Russia to nw. Siberia s. in the Medterranean basin, n. Africa (Tunisia, Libya), w. Africa in Mauritania, Senegambia, Guinea-Bissau and Gabon e. in Turkey through Near East, Iraq, Iran probably to Pakistan
Winters in South America and w. Africa.
(2) Turkestan and Tibet.
Winters in India and Malaysia.
(3) C. Asia and n. Mongolia.
(4) Ne. Asia in n. China.
Winters in Japan, China, New Guinea and Australia (w. Western Australia (Carnarvon Harbor), Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales (Botany Bay), Victoria (Port Phillip Bay) and se. South Australia).


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Location unknown - Date unknown Source: ETI BioInformatics


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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