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Sooty Tern Sterna fuscata

Described by: Linnaeus (1766)
Alternate common name(s): None known by website authors
Old scientific name(s): Haliplana fuscata, Onychoprion fuscatus


Australia - Aug, 2000 © Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi  Australia - Aug, 2000 © Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi  Australia - Aug, 2000 © Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi  French Frigate Shoals, Northwest Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii, USA - Sep 28, 2006 © Cory Gregory 
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Tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide;
Many populations;
(1) Islands off the Atlantic coast of the e. United States from North Carolina to Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico w. to Texas, West Indies (Bahamas, Abaco Sound, Culebra off Puerto Rico) and e. Mexico off the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize to islands off n. South America (St. Giles off n. Tobago) s. to Brazil (ne. Bahia) and islands off w. Africa from Senegambia to the Gulf of Guinea (Salvage, Ascension Is., St. Helena and Principe).
(2) S. Red Sea, Gulf of Aden (Mait Is.) and Indian Ocean from Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mascarene Is., ne. Arabia, Seychelles, Laccadive Is., Maldive Is., Andaman Is. to the China Sea and Ryukyu Is., Philippines and islands off w. Australia (Western Australia on the Abrolhos Islands and Northern Territory).
(3) C. Indonesia (exact range uncertain).
(4) New Guinea, e. Australia (Queensland (Michaelmas Cay off Cairns) and New South Wales), Lord Howe Is., Norfolk Is., New Caledonia and Tuamotu Archipelago.
(5) Kermadec Is.
(6) Bonin Is., Marcus Is., Wake Is. and Hawaiian Is. from Kure e. to Moku Manu and Manana off Oahu s. through the c. Pacific Ocean.
(7) Is. off w. Mexico including Clipperton Is., Revillagigedo Is., Tres Marias, Isabela, Alijos Rocks and Central America s. to the Galapagos Is., Sala-y-Gomez and San Felix off Chile.
(8) Juan Fernandez Is. ___________________________________________________________________________________
North America n. of the Mexican border;
Summer: Gulf coast of e. TEX, LOU, MIS, ALA, FLA and Atlantic coast of FLA, GEO, SCA to NCA with scattered records as far n. as NSC and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation


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


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