Terns (Sternidae)

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) - HBW 3, p. 646

French: Sterne élégante German: Schmuckseeschwalbe Spanish: Charrán Elegante

Taxonomy: Sterna elegans Gambel, 1849, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Genus often merged with Sterna, but the six species here placed within Thalasseus do share certain common features of morphology which set them apart from other terns. Forms superspecies with T.bengalensis and T. sandvicensis, and perhaps T. bernsteini, and subspecific status has even been suggested. Monotypic.

Distribution: Pacific coast of North America, with very restricted breeding range from S California to C Baja California and from Gulf of California to Nayarit.

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