Subject: ID of common tern vs roseate [Print This Page] Author: orientalstork Time: 28/09/2021 12:48 Subject: ID of common tern vs roseate
To me, common tern and roseate tern looks very similar. How can I identify them?
Thanks. Author: bittern Time: 1/10/2021 19:02
There were a few days this past summer when I repeatedly took the ferry between Cheung Chau and Central. Common Terns were present much of the time. Mind you, they were of the eastern race longipennis: https://ebird.org/species/comter2
On those Common Terns, even from a distance, I could detect a clear contrast between the grey wings and the white rump and tail. You will not see such a contrast on a Roseate Tern because the wings of a Roseate are of a much lighter shade of grey.
[ Last edited by bittern at 1/10/2021 19:03 ]
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