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White-cheeked Tern | Sterna repressa

The White-cheeked Tern is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Laridae bird family group which includes birds such as Typical Shrikes.

The description for the White-cheeked Tern (Latin name Sterna repressa) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Sterna repressa can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 336 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 465. You will find a picture of the White-cheeked Tern on page 432.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the White-cheeked Tern between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The White-cheeked Tern has a height of 33 cms and weighs around 90 gms. The head is coloured black while the bill is coloured yellow. The Sterna repressa has a white coloured throat, yellow legs and a brown coloured back. The eyes are brown.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is black

Eyes are brown

Bill is yellow

Legs are yellow

Throat is white

Back is brown

Feeding Habits ...

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

You can see the White-cheeked Tern bird on coastal regions and on the sea shore where the bird will be foraging with other birds

The White-cheeked Tern is a very rare bird that can only be seen out at sea following fish vessels. It can be seen in the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean.

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

The White-cheeked Tern is mainly seen singly or in pairs in the wild.

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

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