Damara Tern

Damara Tern


Name
Damara Tern
Latin Name
Sterna balaenarum
Family
Rynchopidae
Length
23 cm
Habitat
Small groups on Atlantic coast, feeding offshore and in bays and estuaries.
Bird Call
Voice a high pitched 'tsit-tit' repeated several times. Also 'tit-tit'.
Breeding
Breed on the Namibian coast and near Table Bay, newly discovered, beyond Rocky Point, right up to the Cunene. Nests in dune-slacks and gravel plains up to 1 - 5 kms from the sea. Eggs 1 or 2, tern-like.
Immature Description
Immature has brownish markings on wing-coverts.
Adult Description
Small size and all-black cap diagnostic of breeding plumage; at other times differs from Little Tern in longer, slightly downturned bill and paler grey back, the body shape dumpier; at long range appears almost white. Non-breeding birds have white forehead and crown.
Status
Uncommon resident.
Distribution
Confined to the coasts of South West Africa and Cape. Leaves our shores in July.



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