Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
White-winged Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus
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General Comments This European species has been quite regular in late summer and early fall at refuges to our North, especially in Delaware; however, the White-winged Tern seems not to stray much farther south. The only state record (not photographed) is of one adult in basic plumage seen by several observers at Bodie Island lighthouse pond on 13 Aug 1994* [Chat 61:276-277 link]. The report was accepted by the NC BRC.
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
NC BRC List Provisional
State Status
U.S. Status
State Rank SA
Global Rank G5
Coastal Plain One record (see above).
Piedmont No records.
Mountains No records.
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Attribution LeGrand[2018-02-01], LeGrand[2012-06-10], LeGrand[2011-12-05]
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