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Little Tern Sternula albifrons   - Courtship
Little Tern
Photographer : © Subharanjan Sen
Location :Mudflat in the Tawa Reservoir off Madai, Satpura Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh, India
Date : 1 April 2013
English synonyms:Western White-shafted Ternlet (tormenti = sinensis), Little Striker, Minute Tern, Sea Swallow, Silver Ternlet, Eastern Little Tern (sinensis)
Bird Family :Sterninae - Terns & Noddies
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :The male (I assume!) would bring a fish and go round and round the female. The female would alternately appear disinterested or sometimes (almost) beg for the fish. This would continue for some time before the male would pass on the fish and then proceed to strut proudly with his beak pointing skywards! This was only sometimes followed by a mating. -SS