Black-bellied Tern

Black-bellied Tern

Artist: Pat Jackman
Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
LARIDAE
Order: 
CHARADRIIFORMES
Genus: 
Sterna
Species: 
acuticauda
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
Gray, 1832
Medium: 
Colored pencil
Artist Statement: 
The Black Bellied Tern (Sterna Acuticauda) is currently on the endangered species list. Native India, specifically Pakistan, Nepal and parts of China, it's size is around 13-14 inches in length, with a white throat and a black belly, with which it is named for. It is an inland species, living off large rivers, feeding upon insects and small fish. Their breeding areas along these rivers and sandpits, are decreasing in size and some are destroyed by flooding of local dams.