RFI: Tern ID

To: Greg & Val Clancy <>
Subject: RFI: Tern ID
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2008 21:18:19 +1000
When the White-winged Black Terns arrive in Australia in late spring, the young birds from the northern summer are past the early juvenile stage. They look quite different from the pics shown. They are very dark. We don't see White-wings in Australia in early juvenile plumage. By the time they arrive they are in transition to first immature. I'm not flash on Whiskered Terns, but they're not White-wings.

I also had a look at HANZAB, and anyone looking should know that in the page of this species in flight, the Black Tern and White-winged Black Tern captions are reversed. White-winged Black Terns have black in their underwings. If there was a later edition of HANZAB perhaps the error was rectified.



Greg & Val Clancy wrote:
I checked HANZAB and the closest is juvenile Whiskered.

Greg Clancy

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