Possible Saunders's Terns on Cocos Islands

Subject: Possible Saunders's Terns on Cocos Islands
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 14:01:13 +1100

On 23 November 2006 Ian McAllan photographed some small terns on South Island in the Cocos (Keeling) group. It is suggested that the birds are Saunders's Terns, a species which closely resembles Little Tern. Debate as to their identity continues. So far, the species has not been confirmed for Australian Territory but it is on the Supplementary List. They breed from the Red Sea east to Pakistan and migrate from there SE to the Maldives and the Malay peninsula so their occurrence on Cocos would not be too surprising.

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