- Sterna repressa
Darker Grey upperparts than all other Sterna with grey upperparts. There is continuous dark trailing edge to entire underwing. In breeding birds long, slender red bill is with a dark tip. Dark grey underparts.
Distinguished from Common Tern, Arctic Tern & Roseate Tern in flight by grey rump and tail concolorous with back. In breeding birds the broad white cheek stripe contrasts more with dark grey underparts than these three.
Africa, Middle East and Asia
Northern Africa: Egypt
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania,
Middle East: Israel, Jordan, Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Socotra, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran
Asia: Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka
Pelagic except when breeding.
A nest of sticks is placed on the ground.
- Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) White-cheeked Tern. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 9 December 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/White-cheeked_Tern