Hydrochelidon hybrida

Hydrochelidon hybrida, Ball.

984. :- H. indica, Steph. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 837 ; Butler, Guzerat ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 32 ; Deccan, Stray . Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 440 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 323.

THE SMALL MARSH TERN.

Length, 10 to 11 expanse, 29 ; wing, 8.5 to 9 ; tail, 3.5 ; tarsus, 1 ; bill at front, 1.12.

Bill lake-red ; irides brown ; feet dull red.

In summer plumage, the head and nape black ; lores and a broad line through the eyes, white ; back of neck, mantle, wings and tail, darkish-grey ; chin, cheeks, and sides of neck, very pale grey, deepening on the breast; abdomen dull black ; under tail-coverts white.

In winter plumage, the forehead and round the bill white; top of head and nape more or less black,, or dusky, edged with white ; the whole lower parts white ; bill dusky lake ; feet dingy lake.

The young have the head brownish, dusky on the occiput, and the usual mottled plumage above ; primaries dark ashy; the, bill dark brown, reddish at the base ; feet fleshy brown.

The Whiskered or Small Marsh Tern is not uncommon during. the cold season.

BookTitle: 
Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Reference: 
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Hydrochelidon hybrida
Spp Author: 
Ball.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
427
Common name: 
Small Marsh Tern
M_ID: 
4671
M_CN: 
Whiskered Tern
M_SN: 
Chlidonias hybrida
Term name: 
id: 
12219

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