(2068) Chlidonias leucopareia leggei.
THE CEYLON WHISKERED TERN.
Chlidonias leucopareia leggei Mathews, Birds of Australia, ii. p. 320 (1913) (Ceylon). Hydrochelidon nigra. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 307 (part.).
Vernacular names. Muhudu-lihiniya (Cing.); Kadal-kuravi (Tam.).
Description. Similar to C. l indica in size but, decidedly paler and with clearer grey breast and underparts. More material is required to confirm Mathews's diagnosis of this race.
Colours of soft parts as in the other races.
Measurements. Wing 215 to 232 mm.; culmen 25 to 31 mm.
Distribution. Ceylon only.
Nidification. This little Tern has not yet been found breeding in Ceylon, though Legge believed that it did so and doubtless its nest will be taken before long on some of the larger tanks and lakes.
Habits. Those of the species.