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Gygis alba 01.jpg
White tern
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Sternidae
Genus: Gygis
Wagler, 1832

G. alba
G. microrhyncha

Gygis is a genus of birds in the tern family. It consists of one species,

The little white tern is usually considered to be a subspecies, G. a. microrhyncha, of the white tern.

These are small, all white terns of tropical oceans. They nest on coral islands, usually on trees with thin branches but also on rocky ledges and on man-made structures. They feed on small fish caught by plunge diving.


  • BirdLife International (2004). Gygis alba. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. .
  • Niethammer, K. R., and L. B. Patrick-Castilaw. 1998. White Tern (Gygis alba). in The Birds of North America, No. 371 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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