Black-naped tern

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Black-naped tern
Black-naped Tern LEI.JPG
Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Sternidae
Genus: Sterna
Species: S. sumatrana
Binomial name
Sterna sumatrana
Raffles, 1822

The black-naped tern (Sterna sumatrana) is an oceanic tern mostly found in tropical and subtropical areas of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is rarely found inland.

The tern is about 30 cm long with a wing length of 21–23 cm. Their beaks and legs are black, but the tips of their bills are yellow. They have long forked tails.

The black-naped tern has a white face and breast with a grayish-white back and wings. The first couple of their primary feathers are gray.

Lady Elliot Island, Qld, Australia


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