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River Tern with Fish

by Kshama G
(Bangalore, Karnataka, India)

ID#1-31KG

ID#1-31KG

The river tern is a resident breeder along inland rivers.


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.

This is a medium-sized tern, 38–43 cm long with dark grey upper-parts, white underparts, a forked tail with long flexible streamers, and long pointed wings.

The bill is yellow and the legs red.

In the winter the cap is greyish white, flecked and streaked with black, there is a dark mask through the eye, and the tip of the bill becomes dusky.

Here we see a River tern with a fish.

This was captured in Kabini river, Karnataka while we were on a boat safari.


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Attractive Tern
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Thank You Kshama G for a nice entry!

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