Terns (Sternidae)

Fairy Tern (Sterna nereis) - HBW 3, p. 658

French: Sterne néréis German: Australseeschwalbe Spanish: Charrancito Australiano
Other common names: Nereis/Australian Fairy Tern

Taxonomy: Sternula nereis Gould, 1843, Bass Strait.
Overlaps in SE Australia with S. albifrons, and occasionally hybridizes. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • horni Mathews, 1912 - Western Australia.
  • nereis (Gould, 1843) - South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania.
  • exsul (Mathews, 1912) - New Caledonia.
  • davisae (Mathews & Iredale, 1913) - N North I, New Zealand.