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The morphology, moult and taxonomic status of the black-fronted tern

  • Publication Type

    Journal

  • Publication Year

    1980

  • Author(s)

    C. Lams, C., Heather, B.D.

  • Journal Name

    Notornis

  • Volume, Issue

    27, 1

  • Pagination

    45-67

  • Article Type

    Paper

Keywords

morphology; moult; taxonomic status; black-fronted tern; Sterna albostriata


The morphology, moult and taxonomic status of the black-fronted tern

Notornis, 27 (1), 45-67

C. Lams, C., Heather, B.D. (1980)

Article Type: Paper

The plumage stages and moult of the Black-fronted Tern (Sterna albostriata) of New Zealand are described, largely from field observations, and measurements are given. The Black-fronted Tern is compared with the Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) with the conclusion that they are not closely related. The characters of S. albostriata are those of Sterna rather than Chlidonias. The possibility of relationship with the Antarctic Tern (S. vittata) and the Kerguelen Tern (S. virgata) is revived and discussed.