Damara tern

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Damara tern
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Sternidae
Genus: Sternula
Species: S. balaenarum
Binomial name
Sternula balaenarum
Strickland, 1852

Sterna balaenarum

The Damara tern (Sternula balaenarum) is a species of tern in the Sternidae family.

It breeds in western South Africa, Namibia and Angola. Non-breeding birds migrate north reaching Benin, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Togo.

Its natural habitats are shallow seas, sandy shores, and coastal saline lagoons. It is threatened by habitat loss.


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