Animal Pictures Archive
Animal Photo Album

New Photos Animal News Animal Sounds Animal Movies Upload Photo Copyright Korean
Funny Animal Photos Monsters in Animalia Wiki Articles   Fun Facts about Animals Links Home Mobile A.P.A.
Delete Modify    
White Tern (Gygis alba) - Wiki latin dict size=76   common dict size=512
Image Info Original File Name: Gygis_alba_01 White Tern (Gygis alba).jpg Resolution: 1294x1726 File Size: 651313 Bytes Date: 2003:01:01 14:04:32 Camera: KODAK DX6440 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA (EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY) F number: f/4.8 Exposure: 1/350 sec Focal Length: 220/10 Upload Time: 2007:09:02 20:25:53
Author Name (E-mail): Unknown
Subject White Tern (Gygis alba) - Wiki

White Tern (Gygis alba) - Wiki; DISPLAY FULL IMAGE.
Email : E-Card | Poster | Web Master    Delete   Edit Info   Admin

White Tern (Gygis alba) - Wiki

White Tern
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[Photo] Gygis alba (English: White Tern, Fran??ais : Gygis blanche) on a mapou tree (Pisonia grandis) on ??le aux Cocos (Rodrigues island). Date OCT 2006. Author B.navez

The White Tern (Gygis alba) is a small seabird found across the tropical oceans of the world. Sometimes known as the Fairy Tern (but not the Fairy Tern, Sternula nereis), this small tern is famous for laying its egg on bare thin branches in a small fork or depression without a nest. This balancing act is a predator-avoidance behaviour as the branches they choose are too small for rats or even small lizards to climb. Safe from predators, but still vulnerable to strong winds, the White Terns are also quick to relay should they lose the egg. The newly hatched chicks have well developed feet to hang on to their precarious nesting site with. It is a long-lived bird, having been recorded living for 17 years.

The White Tern is a small, all white tern with a long black bill, related to the noddies. It ranges widely across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and also nests in some Atlantic islands. It nests on coral islands, usually on trees with thin branches but also on rocky ledges and on man-made structures. The White Tern feeds on small fish which it catches by plunge diving.

The White Tern is not considered threatened as it is a wide-spread species with several large colonies around the world.

The White Tern, manu-o-Ku, was named Honolulu, Hawai??i's official bird on April 2, 2007.

The White Tern has four subspecies: the nominate race G. a. alba, G. a. leucopes, the Pacific White Tern (G. a. candida) and the Little White Tern or Little Fairy Tern (G. a. microrhyncha). The Little White Tern is often listed as a distinct species (Gygis microrhyncha).
The text in this page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article shown in above URL. It is used under the GNU Free Documentation License. You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the GFDL.

Copyright Info does not have the copyright for this image. This photograph or artwork is copyright by the photographer or the original artist. If you are to use this photograph, please contact the copyright owner or the poster.

Search Major Animal Websites
Need further identification?
Any comment?
Leave your message here.
Name :    PASSWORD :
Email :
Back List Upload Home Korean
CopyLeft © since 1995, Animal Pictures Archive. All rights may be reserved.