White-winged Tern

Chlidonias leucopterus

Armenian Name: Սպիտակաթև ջրածիծառ
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
White-winged Tern

See Plate 33 for White-winged Tern and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Common
Length:20-23 cm, Wing Span:63-67 cm
Distribution Map: Map 164.
Adult (Breeding): Black body with white rump, forewing, undertail coverts, and tail; gray flight feathers contrast with black wing lining below. Pale red legs; short blackish bill. During molt, appears mottled black and white.
Adult (Non-breeding): White body with small black ear and crown patch; gray back and wings.
Juvenile: Blackish cap. Dark brownish-gray back contrasts with gray upperwings which have dark leading edge and dark trailing edge.
Similar Species: Differs from Black and Whiskered Terns by shorter blackish bill, white rump, and paler red legs.
Behavior: Highly gregarious.
Habitat: Fish ponds, lakes, slow-flowing rivers.
Food: Aquatic invertebrates, small fish.
Nest: Floating platform in reeds or shallow ground scrape.
Eggs: 35 mm, 2-3, pale buff, black spots.