White Tern, Angel Tern (Gygis alba)

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Sternidae
Genus: Gygis
Species: alba (AL-ba) (Info)

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On Mar 17, 2009, Grasmussen from Anchorage, AK (Zone 4a) wrote:

"A Field Guide To The Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific;" by H. Douglas Pratt.
Copyright 1987, Published by Princeton University Press.
Sponsored by the Hawaii Audubon Society.
uses the name:

COMMON FAIRY-TERN for Gygis alba.

The Common Fairy-tern (White Tern) (Gygis alba) is pantropical. Fairy-terns breed in Kapi'olani Park, Waikiki, Hawaii. They do not build a nest, an egg is laid directly on a branch of a tree. The Fairy Tern is a white bird, with a ring of black feathers, around the eyes, giving it a BIG eye look.