Little Tern
Sternula albifrons

– small tern, only size of Common Swift
– diurnal migrant, possibly nocturnal as well
– migrates in small to medium, dense flocks in messy formation


Little Tern Sternula albifrons sinensis, 1CY
BIF2165, 21/08/2017, Dornod, Mongolia, Mathias Putze


Little Tern Sternula albifrons sinensis, 1CY
BIF2166, 21/08/2017, Dornod, Mongolia, Mathias Putze


Little Tern Sternula albifrons sinensis, 1CY
BIF2167, 21/08/2017, Dornod, Mongolia, Mathias Putze

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Little Tern Sternula a. albifrons, 1CY
BIF0982, 24/07/2011, Valencia, Spain, Mathias Putze


Little Tern Sternula albifrons sinensis, 2CY
BIF2168, 21/08/2017, Dornod, Mongolia, Mathias Putze

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Little Tern Sternula albifrons sinensis, AD BREED
BIF0979, 31/05/2014, Buir-Nuur, Mongolia, Mathias Putze


Little Tern Sternula albifrons sinensis, AD BREED
BIF2164, 05/08/2010, Mongolia, Martin Grimm

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Little Tern Sternula a. albifrons, AD BREED
BIF0980, 24/07/2011, Valencia, Spain, Mathias Putze

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Little Tern Sternula albifrons sinensis, AD
BIF0981, 28/05/2011, Buir-Nuur, Mongolia, Mathias Putze

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Little Tern Sternula a. albifrons, AD BREED
BIF0983, 24/07/2011, Valencia, Spain, Mathias Putze

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Little Tern Sternula a. albifrons, AD BREED
BIF0984, 31/07/2015, Rügen, Germany, Mathias Putze

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Little Tern Sternula a. albifrons, AD, 1CY
Common Tern Sterna h. hirundo, AD, 1CY

BIF0985, 24/07/2011, Valencia, Spain, Mathias Putze


Little Tern Sternula a. albifrons, AD, flight calls
BIF1975, 30/06/2017, Titchwell, Great Britain, Patrick Franke


total recording at bigger scale:

Little Tern Sternula a. albifrons, AD, flight calls
BIF1976, 30/06/2017, Titchwell, Great Britain, Patrick Franke

comparison species:
Saunder’s Tern
Common Tern (v)
Arctic Tern (v)
Collared Pratincole (a)
Black-winged Pratincole (a)

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