Subfamily STERNINAE

Subfamily STERNINAE.

TERNS and NODDIES.

Tehari, India; Ramadasu (Telugu); Liniya, Ceylon; Myit-hway, Burma.

Bill almost straight.; both mandibles of about equal length, with acute tips. Nostrils linear. Hind toe small, raised, and free. Web usually scalloped. Tail forked (rounded or slightly pointed in Hydrochelidon and Phaethusia). Long pointed wing. More lightly built than Gulls, and have a different flight. Feed on fishes. Rarely settle on the water.

(i.) Tail-feathers rounded or slightly pointed (236, 237).

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
Subfamily STERNINAE
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
220
Volume: 
4th ed.
id: 
13038

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