Terns (Sternidae)

Chinese Crested Tern (Thalasseus bernsteini) - HBW 3, p. 647

French: Sterne d'Orient German: Bernsteinseeschwalbe Spanish: Charrán Chino

Taxonomy: Sterna bernsteini Schlegel, 1863, China.
Genus often merged with Sterna. Species closely related to T. bengalensis; may belong to T. sandvicensis superspecies. Formerly known as T. zimmermanni. Monotypic.

Distribution: Breeding areas unknown, possibly on coast of N China in Shandong: on islands near Qingdao and on islet of Mukuantao, or at delta of Huang Ho (Yellow R). Winter records from E China S to Indonesia.