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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Laridae.


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  • The wintering shorebirds number over two million: hundreds of thousands of black tern Chlidonias nigra and tens of thousands of greater flamingo Phoenocopterus ruber.

    Banc d'Arguin National Park, Mauritania

  • Several species threatened in Pennsylvania are also found in the marshes and lakes of Ecoregion 61b, including the least bittern (Ixobrychus exilis exilis), the American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), and the black tern (Chlidonias niger surinamensis) (Gill, 1985, pp. 307-314).

    Ecoregions of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia (EPA)

  • Approximately 500,000 garganey (Anas querquedula) and up to 200,000 pintail (Anas acuta) winter here, along with large numbers of ferruginous duck (Aythya nyroca), white-winged tern (Chlidonias leucopterus), ruff (Philomachus pugnax), black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa) and other waterbirds.

    Inner Niger Delta flooded savanna

  • Several hundred thousand waterbirds winter here in the Delta, including the world’s largest concentrations of little gull (Larus minutus) and whiskered tern (Chlidonias hybrida) in Lake Manzala.

    Nile Delta flooded savanna


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