basic information
best photos

Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia (Pallas, 1770)

Крячок каспійський | Чеграва

© Yuriy Kodrul


Caspian Tern is the largest of terns in Kazakhstan. It is 6-7 times heavier than Common Tern. In comparison to Gulls it is larger than Black-headed and Common Gulls and some lesser than Caspian Gull. The adult Caspian Terns in breeding plumage have black crown and nape; feathers of nape are long and form small crest. Back is bluish-grey, uppertail and tail feathers are lighter than back, almost white. Bill is large, red; legs are black with orange soles. Eyes are dark-brown. In winter plumage adult birds have white crown with black longitudinal streaks; fore-head have black spots too. Juvenile birds have white crown with brownish longitudinal streaks and spots. feathers on the back are grey with buffy edges and brownish little arrow-shaped spots. Tail feathers have brownish terminal spots and buffy tips. Bill is orange, legs are black. Sizes: wing 380 – 400 mm, tarsus 40 -47 mm, bill 60 – 75 mm. Weight: 500 – 700 grams.


"Птицы Казахстана" том 2. Алма-Ата, 1962.


go to family:


in other projects

Birds of Kazakhstan

information gallery
Birds of Siberia

information gallery
Birds of Xinjiang

information gallery
Birds of Europaean part of Russia

information gallery
Indian Birds Club

information gallery
Birds of Kyrgyzstan

information gallery
Kerala Birds Watch

information gallery
Birds of Russia

information gallery
Birds of Belarus

information gallery
Birds of Uzbekistan

information gallery
Birds of Northern Eurasia

information gallery

Big Year 2018

supported by

1. Raldugina Oksana (243)
2. Kodrul Yuriy (215)
3. Komarovskyi Dmytro (210)
4. Chernolyev Yevgen (206)
5. Gedziuk Vlad (200)
6. Komarovskiy Alex (200)
7. Sevidov Viktor (188)
8. Pylypiuk Kostyantyn (185)
9. Tymkiv Polina (169)
10. Repin Andrii (168)