Black-fronted Tern

Black-fronted Tern

Artist: Yvette Lantz
Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Species Info
Status: 
Endangered
Family: 
LARIDAE
Order: 
CHARADRIIFORMES
Genus: 
Chlidonias
Species: 
albostriatus
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Gray, 1845)
Synonyms: 
Chlidonias albostriatus|Chlidonias albostriatus|Chlidonias albostriatus|Hydrochelidon albostriata|Sterna albostriata
Common names (Spa): 
Charrn fumarel
Medium: 
Oil
Artist Statement: 
Of all the subjects I have pained in the past my favorite choices have always bee birds. In depicting the Black Fronted Tern I chose to paint it in a simple setting to show off the beauty of a bird preening. The name Black Fronted Tern is a bit of a misnomer as it has predominantly grey plumage. There is a thin white streak running along the cheeks underneath the black cap. It is a relatively small tern measuring approximately 12 inches in length. It is found in New Zealand near bodies of fresh water.