Sterna caspia

Sterna caspia, Pall.

982. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 855 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 439 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 322.

THE CASPIAN TERN.

Length, 18 to 20; expanse, 49 ; wing, 16 ; tail, 4.5 to 5 ; tarsus, 1.75 ; bill at front, 2.75.

Bill coral red; irides brown ; legs and feet black.

In summer, head above, nape, and ear-coverts, pure black; mantle, wings, and tail, pearl-grey ; some of the first primaries dark-edged and tipped; back of neck and lower plumage white.

In winter, the head is white, the occiput marked with numerous black streaks.

The Caspian Tern is not uncommon during the cold weather on the Sind coast; it is much less common further south, but 'extends as far as Bombay, whence Mr. Hume records a specimen.

It is also found inland on some of the larger lakes and jheels.

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: 
Sterna caspia
Spp Author: 
Pall.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
428
Common name: 
Caspian Tern
M_ID: 
4583
M_CN: 
Caspian Tern
M_SN: 
Hydroprogne caspia
Term name: 
id: 
12222

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