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Bird Identification: CLOSED: Royal Tern with Orange Legs?

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Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 3, 2012
1:47 PM

Post #9228467

Yes, that is the question. Do juvi Royal Terns have orange legs? Can't find that written anywhere but then I'm still guide-book challenged. Included are pics with a normal looking Royal Tern.

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flatpickit
Charleston, SC

August 3, 2012
2:57 PM

Post #9228542

A small percentage of juveniles in Royal Tern populations have yellow-orange legs according to David Sibley.

http://sibleyguides.blogspot.com/2007_09_01_archive.html

Interesting. I don't think I've ever noticed this. Thanks for posting!

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 3, 2012
4:18 PM

Post #9228632

Thanks for finding that info. Couldn't figure out why my guide said that juvies had yellowish bills but didn't bother to mention the orange legs which are more obvious. Guess they're only obvious if they have 'em!

Thanks again.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 3, 2012
5:38 PM

Post #9228713

Interesting one, surprisingly bright orange, not just 'muddy-orange' as might be more expected.

A Cabot's Tern in the 3rd pic too.

Resin

Elphaba

Elphaba
Rockport, TX
(Zone 9a)

August 4, 2012
6:46 AM

Post #9229126

Glad you said that Resin b/c I thought it was a Gull-billed Tern. There were a ton of Cabot's/Sandwich terns around.

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

August 4, 2012
12:51 PM

Post #9229466

[quote="Elphaba"]Glad you said that Resin b/c I thought it was a Gull-billed Tern. There were a ton of Cabot's/Sandwich terns around. [/quote]

Gull-billed has a shorter, stouter bill, and no black on the nape in non-breeding plumage (just a black eye patch, similar to non-breeding Forster's)

Resin

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