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The status and history of the Black Tern Chlidonias niger in Chile



Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Ornithology Department, 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007, USA Current address: Casilla 15 Melipilla, Chile (mma95@hotmail.com)

Received 09 December 2018, accepted 23 April 2019

Date Published: 2019/10/15
Date Online: 2019/06/22

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MARÍN, M. 2019. The status and history of the Black Tern Chlidonias niger in Chile. Marine Ornithology 47: 185-187.

Key words: Black Tern, Chlidonias niger, southern distribution, Chile


Three Black Terns Chlidonias niger were observed and photographed in northern Chile in November 2018. Here, I summarize the occurrence of this species in Chilean territory and clarify the record for a specimen collected in 1859 during the Novara expedition: a typo in the original report led to a series of transcription errors that were perpetuated for ~150 years.


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