The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Whiskered Tern

Afrikaans name: Witbaard-meerswael

Whiskered Tern

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Chlidonias hybrida

The Whiskered Tern travels a long way to visit South Africa in summer. It can be found in wetlands and moist grasslands where it breeds.

They make their nest above the water which helps protect them from predators. Up to 4 eggs are laid.

The Whiskered Tern feeds mainly on fish and other aquatic life that are found near the surface of the water. It does occasionally also eat butterflies and other insects which it catches in flight.

References and further reading

The Birds of South Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Dr. Austin Roberts - Published: 1949 - Page: 123

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 100

Southern African Bird Names Explained - Author: Charles Clinning - Published: 1989 - Page: 34

Seabirds - Author: Peter Harrison - Published: 1983 - Page: 364

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 1993 - Page: 210

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa - 4th Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair et al. - Published: 2011 - Page: 218

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 4th Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1981 - Page: 217

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 5th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1985 - Page: 294

Roberts Birds of Southern Africa - 6th Edition - Author: Gordon Lindsay Maclean - Published: 1993 - Page: 290

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 2nd edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1957 - Page: 162

Roberts Birds of South Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: McLachlan and Liversidge - Published: 1975 - Page: 210

Ocean Birds - Author: Lars Lofgren - Published: 1984 - Page: 154

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 7th Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 2000 - Page: 60

Freshwater Life - Author: C. Griffiths, J. Day & M. Picker - Published: 2015 - Page: 62

Ian Sinclairs Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Ian Sinclair - Published: 1988 - Page: 146

Newmans Birds of Southern Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Ken Newman - Published: 1984 - Page: 60

Field Guide to the Birds of Kruger National Park - Author: Ian Sinclair and Ian Whyte - Published: 1991 - Page: 96

Collins Illustrated Checklist - Birds of Southern Africa - 1st edition - Author: Ber van Perlo - Published: 1999 - Page: 36

Birds of the Transvaal - Author: Tarboton, Kemp and Kemp - Published: 1987 - Page: 111

Birds of the Transkei - Author: C.D. Quickelberge - Published: 1989 - Page: 63

Bird Atlas of Natal - Author: Digby Cyrus and Nigel Robson - Published: 1980 - Page: 130

Birds of the South Western Cape - Author: Joy Frandsen - Published: 0 - Page: 110

A Field Guide to the Birds of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: O.P.M. Prozesky - Published: 1983 - Page: 138

A First Guide to South African Birds - 6th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1959 - Page: 187

A First Guide to South African Birds - 7th Edition - Author: Leonard Gill - Published: 1975 - Page: 187

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