birding-aus RFI Black Terns in Australia

Subject: birding-aus RFI Black Terns in Australia
From: David James <>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 1999 13:11:49 +1000

Nick Lethaby of California has made the following RFI. I've sent info on
the the 1958 and 1968 NSW records. Little chance for subspecies ID there.
Can someone who saw the bird at boat harbour, Sydney a few years back
supply descrription or photos?  


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>Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 09:07:33 -0800
>To: David James <>
>From: Nick Lethaby <>
>Subject: Black Terns in Australia
>I noticed in Harrison's seabirds that there is a record of Black Tern from
>Australia. Is this true and was it identified to subspecies? I am trying to
>ascertain if the records from the W. Pacific are of the American or the
>Eurasian subspecies (I suspect the former is more likely, since Eurasian
>Black Terns do not penetrate very far east). If no attempts were made to id
>the race, are photos or specimens available?
>Thanks, Nick
David James
PO BOX 5225
Townsville Mail Centre 4810

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