White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucopterus   [Temminck, 1815]

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Order: Charadriiformes Family: Sternidae
BTO Codes: WJ, WWBTE EURING No: 6280
Number in Britain: 16 records/year
Conservation Status:
UK: Not Assessed
European: Not a species of concern
Global: (Details)
Status in UK: (A)  Scarce Visitor
Subspecies: Monotypic
Length: 22 cm Wingspan: 65 cm Weight: M/F: 63 g    
Scientific name from: Gr.: khelidon=swallow + -ios=like and Gr.: leukos + pteros=wing
World Distribution: BREEDS: e Europe, c Asia, e Africa, WINTERS: s Africa, s Asia, Australia
Habitat: Marshes, wet grassland, in winter seacoast & estuaries
Diet: Mostly freshwater insects and invertebrates, sometimes fish
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Records and Distribution

First Record: Norfolk, 1853 (Dublin, 1841) (Palmer. P 2000. First for Britain & Ireland, Arlequin Press. [502.74 PAL])
Total Number of Records (1950-2007): 793 Summary of Records by Year
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Other Names

White-winged Tern
Gaelic: Steàrnag-bhreac Welsh: Corswennol Adeinwen
Danish: Hvidvinget terne Dutch: Witvleugelstern
Finnish: Valkosiipitiira French: Guifette leucoptère
German: Weißflügel-Seeschwalbe Hungarian: Fehérszárnyú szerko
Icelandic: Tígulþerna Irish: Geabhróg Bháneiteach
Italian: Mignattino alibianche Norwegian: Hvitvingesvartterne
Polish: Rybitwa bialoskrzydla Portuguese: Gaivina-d'asa-branca
Spanish: Fumarel aliblanco Swedish: Vitvingad tärna

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