Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida   [Pallas, 1811]

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Order: Charadriiformes Family: Sternidae
BTO Codes: WD, WHKTE EURING No: 6260
Number in Britain: 2 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: 3 Concern, most not in Europe; Depleted
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Accidental
Subspecies: hybrida recorded in Britain (of 3 subsp. in the world)
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Length: 24 cm Wingspan: 76 cm Weight: M/F: 88 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: khelidon=swallow + -ios=like and L.: hybrida=hybrid
World Distribution: BREEDS: Locally in Europe, c&s Asia, s Africa, Australia, WINTERS Africa, s Asia & Australia
Habitat: Marshes, lagoons, rivers, lakes, in winter coastal
Diet: Mostly insects (and their larvae) , also small fish and amphibians
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Dorset, 1836 (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 124 Summary of Records by Year
Most Likely to Occur in: April to September
Most Recent County Records:
   Scotland: Argyll (2007), Dumfries & Galloway (1894), Northeast (2006),
   North-east England: Northumberland (1977), East Yorkshire (2003), North Yorkshire (2000), South Yorkshire (2007), West Yorkshire (2007),
   North-west England: Cheshire (2005), Cumbria (2007), Lancashire (1996),
   English Midlands: Leicestershire (2007), Northamptonshire (1991), Nottinghamshire (2003), Staffordshire (2007), Warwickshire (2005), Worcestershire (1994),
   Eastern England: Bedfordshire (2001), Cambridgeshire (1997), Essex (1998), Lincolnshire (2006), Norfolk (2006), Suffolk (2005),
   South-east England: Berkshire (2005), Buckinghamshire (2001), Hampshire (2005), Isle of Wight (1978), Kent (2003), Surrey (2005), East Sussex (1994), West Sussex (1994),
   South-west England: Cornwall (1999), Devon (2005), Dorset (1988), Gloucestershire (2005), Somerset (2004), Wiltshire (2005), Isles of Scilly (1851),
   Wales: Anglesey (2002), Ceredigion (1965), Flintshire (1976), Gower (1974), Gwent (1994), Radnorshire ,

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Other Names

 
Gaelic: Welsh: Corswennol Farfog
Danish: Hvidskægget terne Dutch: Witwangstern
Finnish: Valkoposkitiira French: Guifette moustac
German: Weißbartseeschwalbe Hungarian: Fattyúszerko
Icelandic: Skeggþerna Irish: Geabhróg Bhroinndubh
Italian: Mignattino piombato Norwegian: Hvitkinnscartterne
Polish: Rybitwa bialowasa Portuguese: Gaivina-de-faces-brancas
Spanish: Fumarel cariblanco Swedish: Skäggtärna

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Books and Monographs:
   Cabot, D. & Nisbet, I. 2013 Terns Collins, London [598.616 CAB]
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