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Unknown Tern, Hainan, China (1 Viewer)

Hainan on the fly

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I'm assuming this is a tern but don't have any experience with these birds. Not sure that the pictures are good enough for an ID but any input would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Brian
 

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Alexander Stöhr

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I agree with Pedro, plese note:
the right head pattern with dark patch centered to the rear head, reaching far down the neck and lacking a white sourrunding to the eye. More, dark area at crown is extensive and washed out.
These features together produce a Whiskered Tern head pattern, and the large stot bill, the really dark grey tail and dark uppertailcoverts leaving just a small whitish rump patch confirms identification and excludes most similar White-winged Tern IMO.

Remaining juvenile feathers on upperparts are also good for a Marsh Tern, but I couldnt exclude WWT on this feature.
 
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Hainan on the fly

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I agree with Pedro, plese note:
the right head pattern with dark patch centered to the rear head, reaching far down the neck and lacking a white sourrunding to the eye. More, dark area at crown is extensive and washed out.
These features together produce a Whiskered Tern head pattern, and the large stot bill, the really dark grey tail and dark uppertailcoverts leaving just a small whitish rump patch confirms identification and excludes most similar White-winged Tern IMO.

Remaining juvenile feathers on upperparts are also good for a Marsh Tern, but I couldnt exclude WWT on this feature.

Excellent! Thanks Alexander. This detailed description is very helpful.


Brian
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
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