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Old Sunday 17th April 2005, 17:39   #1
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Tern ID Please.

Is this a Whiskered Tern?

http://www.kashmirnetwork.com/birds/unknown/tern.jpg

Area possibilities:
Gull-billed Tern
* River Tern
* Common Tern
* Arctic Tern
* Little Tern
* Whiskered Tern
* White-winged Tern

It was photographed today in Kashmir.
Confirmation / Alternate ID Please. Thanks.
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Old Sunday 17th April 2005, 18:54   #2
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It doesn't look like a Wiskered tern, but that's as far as I would go not being up on the Eastern Palearctic.
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Old Sunday 17th April 2005, 18:59   #3
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We can rula out Little,Common,Gull-billed and Artic. (I'm not familliar with River but I suppose it's a Sterna tern so it can be ruled out as well). It looks like a marsh Tern.
The only Marh Tern that I know that has a white face is the Whiskered Tern.However this bird looks very dark and has a black bill (legs are red and that's ok for Whiskered).I'm guessing a young adult Whiskered Tern (just a though since it has a dark bill),the dark colour may be a light affect. Are the Whiskered Terns darker and have a black bill in your part of the world?

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Old Sunday 17th April 2005, 19:49   #4
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Hi,
Looks like a Whiskered coming into breeding plumage and still having the dark legs and beak from its non-breeding plumage.
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Old Sunday 17th April 2005, 19:59   #5
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Old Sunday 17th April 2005, 20:15   #6
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I relooked at the photo. What I thought was white on the breast was of course white on the forewing.
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Old Sunday 17th April 2005, 21:06   #7
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Whiskered Tern.

Thanks Sumit, and everyone else too.
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Looks to me like a Roseate Tern, the Whiskered Tern's bill is too thick.
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Old Monday 18th April 2005, 08:16   #9
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Whiskered.

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Old Monday 18th April 2005, 13:03   #10
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That´s a Whiskered tern- a shorttailed greyish tern with white cheeks and a black cap, so as said by others already there is no alternative.
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Old Monday 18th April 2005, 13:34   #11
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Whiskered tern. I am quite certain.
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