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Little Tern

Sterna albifrons (Pallas, 1764)

Малая крачка | Кіші қарқылдақ

Sorbulak lake, Almaty province
© Stano Harvančík


Breeds and occurs on migration everywhere on plain waters of Kazakhstan. One bird observed on August 25th, 1980 on Markakol lake.


Common breeding migrant. Inhabits the sandy, pebbly or cockle-shell shores of rivers and lakes with lack or scarce vegetation, prefers the islands near the shore. In spring appears in mid-April – May. Breeds in small colonies, of up to 50 pairs, often together with waders or Common Terns. Nest is located in shallow hole without lining or is lined with a few dry blades of grass. Clutch of 1-2 (usually 3) eggs produced in the end of May to July. Both parents incubate and feed juveniles, which hatch from the end of June. Flying juveniles were recorded from the early July. The repeated nesting after the loss of first clutch occurs often. Autumn migration begins in late July. Flies out from the breeding areas mostly in end August – early September, latest birds recorded in mid-September.


Sterna albifrons albifrons (Pallas, 1764)


Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan". Almaty, 2005. Э.И.Гаврилов. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. В.К.Рябицев. "Птицы Урала, Приуралья и Западной Сибири". Екатеринбург. Изд-во Уральского университета, 2000.



Sterna albifrons albifrons
(Pallas, 1764)

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Сергей Л. Волков: Анна, действительно, бывают и бекасы с таким исподом крыла. У нас бекасы довольно редки, и у наблюдал только светлый испод. Теперь буду знать.Я


Сергей Силантьев: Даже визуальное сравнение с большим крохалем на снимке говорит о том, что птица не маленькая...Кряква.


Ясько Анна: На мой взгляд, пропорции у этих двух птиц одинаковые. Сидящая птица также по пропорциям на канюка не похожа (маленькая голова).Кстати, вот

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