Sterna media

Sterna media, Horsf.

990. :- T. bengalensis, Less. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 843 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 441; Mur ray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 321.

THE SMALLER SEA TERN.

Length, 15 to 16 ; wing, 12 ; tail, 6.5 ; tarsus, 1.23 ; bill at front, 2.25.

Bill yellow; irides deep brown ; legs black.

Whole head, including the forehead and occipital crest, glossy-black ; lores, face, sides of neck, and all the lower parts,-white ; upper plumage light silvery-grey, paling slightly on the tail; quills dark grey, white on the inner portion of the inner webs.

In winter plumage the entire forehead and lores are pure white, the crown white, the feathers centred dusky; occiput dusky, the feathers slightly margined with white ; a spot in front of the eye, and a line behind it, black.

The Smaller Sea Tern is most abundant in the Kurrachee Harbour and all along the coasts.

It breeds on islands in the Persian Gulf.

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 media
Spp Author: 
Horsf.
Book Author: 
Barnes, H. Edwin
Year: 
1885
Page No: 
432
Common name: 
Smaller Sea Tern
M_ID: 
4595
M_CN: 
Purple Sunbird
M_SN: 
Thalasseus bengalensis
id: 
12229

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