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Least Tern Sternula antillarum   - Adult
Least Tern
Photographer : © Yann Muzika
Location :Ibaraki, Honshu, Japan
Date : 13 July 2016
English synonyms:Little Tern
Bird Family :Sterninae - Terns & Noddies
Red Data Status :Unspecified
Remarks :A Least Tern was found early July 2016 near Tokyo mixed with a flock of breeding Little Tern. This is the second record for Japan (and likely Asia) after a pair was trapped in the same area in 2014. Closely resembling Little Tern, the best separating feature is a grey rump and uppertail showing no contrast with the back, mantle and upperwings (as opposed to white tail and rump for Little Tern). - YM
Taxonomic Notes :A vagrant to the Oriental Region. Formerly considered conspecific with Little Tern Sternula albifrons.
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