Whiskered Tern

Chlidonias hybrida (Pallas, 1811) WD WHKTE 6260
Family: Charadriiformes > Laridae

Whiskered Tern, Philip Croft

A small 'marsh' tern that superficially resembles Common Tern, but is stockier and with a less forked tail. Whiskered Tern is a scarce visitor from southern Europe, with most records coming from May and June.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
1.5k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1.5k records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Whiskered Tern breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Whiskered Tern is a rare vagrant, usually recorded in spring and autumn.

Weekly occurence of Whiskered Tern from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Whiskered Tern, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Corswennol Farfog
Catalan: fumarell carablanc
Czech: rybák bahenní
Danish: Hvidskægget Terne
Dutch: Witwangstern
Estonian: habeviires
Finnish: valkoposkitiira
French: Guifette moustac
German: Weißbart-Seeschwalbe
Hungarian: fattyúszerko
Icelandic: Skeggþerna
Irish: Geabhróg Bhroinndubh
Italian: Mignattino piombato
Latvian: baltvaigu zirinš
Lithuanian: baltaskruoste žuvedra
Norwegian: Hvitkinnsvartterne
Polish: rybitwa bialowasa
Portuguese: gaivina-dos-pauis
Slovak: corík bahenný
Slovenian: belolicna cigra
Spanish: Fumarel cariblanco
Swedish: skäggtärna

Links to more information from ConservationEvidence.com

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