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Indian River Tern

Sterna aurantia


The Indian River Tern or just River Tern (Sterna aurantia) is a bird in the tern family . It is a resident breeder along inland rivers from Iran east into the Indian Subcontinent and further to Myanmar to Thailand, where it is uncommon. Unlike most Sterna terns, it is almost exclusively found on freshwater, rarely venturing even to tidal creeks. This species breeds from March to May in colonies in less accessible areas such as sandbanks in rivers. It nests in a ground scrape, often on bare rock or sand, and lays three greenish-grey to buff eggs, which are blotched and streaked with brown.

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Viju Janardhanan
Viju Janardhanan 10 years ago

Thanks adrika. This was taken at the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary.

adrika.2612 10 years ago

where in karnataka was this taken? lovely picture.

Viju Janardhanan
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Viju Janardhanan

Karnataka, India

Spotted on Feb 2, 2011
Submitted on Sep 17, 2012

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