Whiskered Tern
Whiskered Tern
Scientific Name 
Chlidonias hybrida
Arabic Name 
الخرشنة المشوربة
Kuwaiti name 
73.0 cm
25.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Uncommon passage migrant; scarce winter visitor. Unlike other terns, these are mostly attracted to vegetated wetlands; members of the Chlidonias genus are known as “marsh terns”.
Where in Kuwait 
It utilises a variety of wetland habitats but shows a preference for freshwater marshlands with scattered pools often in the Jahra area, but wherever this habitat is found in Kuwait. It is occasionally found along the Jahra Bay coast. It shows two distinct plumages between breeding and non-breeding
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a fluctuating population and Northern breeding populations of this species are fully migratory whilst tropical breeders are more nomadic or locally dispersive. It breeds in a number of areas in southern Europe, India, south-west and south-east Asia, south-east Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Local threats 
Pollution and loss of suitable habitat