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Braby, J. 2010. New migration records for the Damara Tern Sterna balaenarum. Ornithological Observations 1:38-41


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The Damara Tern Sterna balaenarum is Africa’s smallest breeding tern and is a near-endemic breeder to Namibia. It is globally Near-threatened (IUCN 2009) and breeds on the coastal mainland where the cold Benguela Current meets the Namib Desert. All but a small fraction leave south-western Africa for non-breeding grounds on the west African coast.

Summary / Notes:

Birds leave their respective breeding grounds at the end of the austral summer, latest April, and move northward along the Namibian coast where they coalesce with other post-breeding Damara Terns into larger flocks before migration. Groups then migrate northward to over-winter in countries such as coastal Gabon, Congo, and even as far as Nigeria, Liberia and Senegal.

Year: 2010

Type: Journal Article

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