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Birds

Indian
River Tern

Vulnerable

Decreasing

Indian River Tern

Sterna aurantia

The Indian River Tern is a bird in the tern family . It is a resident breeder along inland rivers from Iran east through Pakistan into India and Myanmar to Thailand, where it is uncommon. It does not occur in Sri Lanka. Unlike most Sterna terns, it is almost exclusively found on freshwater, rarely venturing even to tidal creeks. This species breeds from March to May in colonies in less accessible areas such as sandbanks in rivers. It nests in a ground scrape, often on bare rock or sand, and lays three greenish-grey to buff eggs, which are blotched and streaked with brown.

River Tern

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    গঙাচিলনী
  • Gujarati:
    કેંચી પુંછ વાબગલી
  • Malayalam:
    പുഴ ആള
  • Marathi:
    नदी सुरय, सरोता
  • Nepali:
    कुरारी फ्यालफ्याले
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Taxanomy

CHARADRIIFORMES
LARIDAE
Sterna aurantia

Quick Facts
  • Flight displays of these are spectacular.
Indian River Tern

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