Sterna repressa (White-cheeked tern) 

Witwangsterretjie [Afrikaans]; Arabische stern [Dutch]; Sterne Ó joues blanches [French]; Wei▀wangen-seeschwalbe [German]; Gaivina-cinzenta [Portuguese]

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Sterna repressa (White-cheeked tern)  

White-cheeked tern, Kuwait. [photo Tareq AlObaid ę]


Distribution and habitat

Breeds in the north-western Indian Ocean from western India through the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf to northern Kenya, while it is a rare vagrant to Tanzania and southern Africa. It has been recorded three times in coastal KwaZulu-Natal, at the Umvoti River mouth in November 1975 and Richards bay in March 1982 and November 1991.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 


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