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Elegant Tern
Thalasseus elegans (Gambel, 1849)
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Order:
  Charadriiformes
Family:
  Laridae
Genus:
  Thalasseus

Scientific:
  Thalasseus elegans

Citation:
  (Gambel, 1849)

Reference:
  Proc.Acad.Nat.Sci.Philadelphia 4(1848) p.129

Protonym:
  Sterna elegans

Avibase ID:
  3F9E1C51FBD48FC1

Taxomic Serial Number:
TSN: 176931


NEAR THREATENED

Geographic range:

  • Thalasseus elegans: S California to w Mexico (Nayarit); winters Guatemala to Chile
Source: Clements checklist

English:
  Elegant Tern
Czech:
  rybák západní
German:
  Schmuckseeschwalbe
Danish:
  Aztekerterne
Spanish:
  Charrán Elegante
Finnish:
  kaunotiira
French:
  Sterne élégante
Icelandic:
  Skrautþerna
Italian:
  Sterna elegante
Japanese:
  yuugaajisashi
Japanese:
  ユウガアジサシ
Dutch:
  Sierlijke Stern
Norwegian:
  Langnebbterne
Polish:
  rybitwa kalifornijska
Portuguese:
  Garajau-elegante
Portuguese (Brazil):
  Elegant Tern
Russian:
  Элегантая крачка
Slovak:
  rybár pôvabný
Swedish:
  aztektärna
Chinese:
  丽色凤头燕鸥


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist January 2008:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (1886):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. 1st suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. 2nd suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. 3rd suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. 4th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. 5th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. 6th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. 7th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (1895):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 8th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 9th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 10th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 11th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 12th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 13th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 14th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 15th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 3rd edition (1910):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 3rd edition (incl. 16th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 3rd edition (incl. 17th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 3rd edition (incl. 18th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (1931):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 19th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 20th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 21st suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 22nd suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 23rd suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 24th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 25th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 26th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 27th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 28th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 29th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 30th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 4th edition (incl. 31st suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 5th edition (1957):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 5th edition (incl. 32nd suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 5th edition (incl. 33rd suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 5th edition (incl. 34th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (1983):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 35th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 36th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 37th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 38th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 39th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 40th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 6th edition (incl. 41st suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (1998):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 42nd suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 43rd suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 44th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 45th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 46th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 47th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 48th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 49th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 50th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 51st suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 52nd suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 53rd suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 54th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 55th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 56th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
American Ornithologists' Union 7th edition (incl. 57th suppl.):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 00:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 01:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 02:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 03:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 04:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
   Sterne élégante ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
   Sterne élégante ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Clements 1st edition:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Clements 3rd edition:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Clements 4th edition:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (as published):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2003 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Clements, version 2015:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Clements, version 2016:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
eBird version 1.50:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
eBird version 1.52:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
eBird version 1.53:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
eBird version 1.54:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
eBird version 1.55:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
eBird version 2015:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
eBird version 2016:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.3:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.4:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.5:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.6:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.7:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.8:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.01:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.02:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.03:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.04:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 3.05:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.01:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.02:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.03:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 4.04:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.01:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.02:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.03:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 5.04:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.01:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.02:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.03:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 6.04:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 7.01:
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Morony, Bock and Farrand:
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
James Lee Peters:
    Thalasseus elegans [version 1]
James Lee Peters (original):
    Thalasseus elegans [version 1]
James Lee Peters (2nd edition):
    Thalasseus elegans [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe 2nd edition (1996):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (24/10/2003):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (14/09/2005):
   Elegant Tern ( Sterna elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (16/07/2006):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (26/09/2007):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (01/05/2008):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (30/09/2009):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (19/08/2010):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (8/08/2011):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (8/02/2012):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (4/09/2012):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (17/03/2013):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (9/02/2014):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (16/02/2015):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
South American Classification Committee (28/07/2016):
   Elegant Tern ( Thalasseus elegans) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
    Thalasseus elegans [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
    Thalasseus elegans [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species

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Other synonyms

Afrikaans: Elegante Sterretjie
Catalan: Xatrac elegant
Czech: Rybák západní
Danish: Aztekerterne
German: Schmuckseeschwalbe
English: Elegant Tern
Spanish: Charrán Elegante, Gaviota golondrina elegante, Gaviotín elegante, Golondrina-marina Elegante, Pagaza elegante
Spanish (Chile): Gaviotín elegante
Spanish (Colombia): Gaviotín Elegante
Spanish (Costa Rica): Pagaza elegante
Spanish (Honduras): Gaviota golondrina elegante
Spanish (Mexico): charrán elegante, Golondrina-marina Elegante
Spanish (Nicaragua): Pagaza Elegante
Spanish (Peru): Gaviotín Elegante
Estonian: kalifornia tiir
Basque: Xatrac elegant
Finnish: Kaunotiira
French: Sterne à bec jaune, Sterne élégante
Irish: Geabhróg Ghalánta
Galician: Carrán elegante, Xatrac elegant
Hungarian: pompás csér
Icelandic: Skrautþerna
Italian: Sterna elegante
Japanese: yuugaajisashi
Japanese: ユウガアジサシ
Latin: Sterna elegans, Thalasseus elegans
Lithuanian: Grakščioji žuvėdra
Latvian: slaidais cekulzīriņš
Dutch: Californische Kuifstern, Sierlijke Stern
Norwegian: Langnebbterne
Polish: rybitwa kalifornijska
Portuguese: Garajau-elegante
Russian: Элегантая крачка, Элегантная крачка
Slovak: rybár pôvabný
Slovenian: prelestna čigra
Swedish: Aztektärna
Turkish: Kaliforniya Sumru, Kaliforniya sumrusu
Chinese: 丽色凤头燕鸥
Chinese (Traditional): 麗色鳳頭燕鷗

 

         

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