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Chinese Crested Tern - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Dave 2x
Beigan, Matsu, Taiwan, June 2015
Thalasseus bernsteini

Sterna bernsteini


42 cm (16½ in)

  • Pale grey mantle
  • Pale grey upperparts and wings
  • White underparts and rump
  • Black crest
  • White forked tail
  • Orange, black-tipped bill
  • Black legs and feet
Photo by Dave 2x
Beigan, Matsu, Taiwan, June 2015

Similar Species

They have a stouter bill than Lesser Crested Tern.


Asia: found in coastal eastern China; winters to Thailand, Borneo and Moluccas


Classified as Critically Endangered in the 2008 IUCN Red List2


This is a monotypic species[1].
As with its relatives, formerly placed in the genus Sterna.


Exclusively coastal and pelagic.



It is a ground nester.


The diet consists almost entirely of fish.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdLife International
  3. Birding in Taiwan
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)

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