Tern (Little Eastern) Sterna albifrons ssp. sinensislis

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Subclass: Neornithes
Infraclass: Neognathae
Superorder: Neoaves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Subfamily: Sterninae
Genus: Sterna
Species: S. albifrons
Subspecies: S. albifrons ssp. sinensislis
Binomial name: Sterna albifrons ssp. sinensislis
Synonym: Sterna sinensis, Sterna minuta, Sternula placens, Sternula inconspicua, Sterna sinensis placens, Sterna sinensis tormenti
Common name: Eastern Little Tern. Little Tern

Sternula albifrons sinensis (Eastern Little Tern) is regular migrant that inhabits the big shallow inlets of northern New Zealand. It is also a casual visitor to other estuarine habitats south to Stewart Island / Rakiura. It breeds in SE Russia to Japan, SE Asia, Philippines, New Guinea and Australia.
The Eastern Little Tern has a body length of 25 cm (bill tip to tail) and is similar in size to NZs fairy Tern (Sternula nereis davisa). It has a black eye-stripe that extends to the base of the yellow bill. It feeds by shallow diving for live fish.

The photo is of the species Sterna albifrons Sterna albifrons.jpg  

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