White Tern

Gygis alba - Gygis blanche

Systematics
  • Order 
    :

    Charadriiformes

  • Family
    :

    Laridés

  • Genus
    :

    Gygis

  • Species
    :

    alba

Descriptor

Sparrman, 1786

Biometrics
  • Size
    : 30 cm
  • Wingspan
    : 76 à 80 cm.
  • Weight
    : 100 à 140 g
Longevity

17 years

Geographic range

Distribution

Description identification

Gygis blanche
adult plum. breeding
Gygis blanche
immature

White Tern (Gygis alba) is a species of bird in the Laridae family.

Subspecific information 4 subspecies

  • Gygis alba alba (islands of the tropical south Atlantic Ocean)
  • Gygis alba candida (Seychelles and Mascarene Is. to the central Pacific. except ranges of next two ssp..)
  • Gygis alba microrhyncha (Phoenix, Line and Marquesas Is.)
  • Gygis alba leucopes (Pitcairn Is.)

Foreign names

  • Gygis blanche,
  • Charrán blanco común,
  • grazina,
  • Feenseeschwalbe,
  • tündércsér,
  • Opaalstern,
  • Sterna bianca,
  • fetärna,
  • Silketerne,
  • gygis biely,
  • nody bělostný,
  • Atlantisk Silketerne,
  • keijutiira,
  • xatrac blanc comú,
  • atolówka,
  • baltais zīriņš,
  • Белая крачка,
  • Dara-laut putih,
  • シロアジサシ,
  • 白燕鸥,
  • 白燕鷗,

Voice song and cries

Gygis blanche
Poussin

Habitat

Gygis blanche
adult

Marine Neritic : Pelagic, Subtidal Rock and Rocky Reefs, Subtidal Loose Rock/pebble/gravel, Subtidal Sandy, Subtidal Sandy-Mud, Macroalgal/Kelp, Coral Reef, Outer Reef Channel, Back Slope, Foreslope (Outer Reef Slope), Lagoon, Inter-Reef Soft Substrate, Inter-Reef Rubble Substrate, Seagrass (Submerged) ; Marine Coastal/Supratidal : Sea Cliffs and Rocky Offshore Islands

Geographic range

Sources of information

Other sources of interest

QRcode Gygis blanche
published: - Updated: 16-09-2013
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