- Sterna acuticauda
32–35 cm (12½-13¾ in)
- Orange bill,
- Black cap and nape
- Dark grey breast
- Blackish belly and vent
- Whitish belly, no tail streamers
- Dark tip to bill
Subspecies melanogaster is generally considered to be invalid.
Near large rivers; breeds on sandspits, islands and marshes, up to 730 m.
Their diet consists of small fish and insects. They hawk for insects over both land and water and plunge-dive for fish.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- BirdLife International
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved October 2015)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Black-bellied Tern. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 1 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Black-bellied_Tern
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