COMMON TERN

(Sterna hirundo)

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Roberts VI / VII 327 / 331
Clements 2000 68.0140
Howard & Moore 2
(CBOS 5)
61-57

 

A smallish bird (32 to 38 cm), breeding in the Holarctic and migrating to the southern hemisphere. It is a very common migrant and is found along marine shores and estuaries along the entire southern African coast. It is highly gregarious and mainly feeds on fish.

 

List of Stamps showing Common Tern

 Country

SG

Michel

Year

Value

Albania 1587 1620 1973 5q
Alderney 0076 0081 1994 1
Antigua 3363   2001 $1.20
Barbuda 2271   2000 75c
Bulgaria 1835 1839 1968 5s
France 3251  3074 1995 4f 30
Grenadines of  Grenada 2582   1998 $1.50
Jersey 0129  0123 1975 4p
Jersey 0778  0766 1997 10p
Liberia   2432 1999 30c
Maldives 1046  1055 1984 7la
Maldives  3291   2000 10l
Montserrat 1277m   2005 $2.30
Palau 1886   2002 $3
Philippines 3220   1998 P5
Rumania 5324 4643 1991 1le
Senegal 1394 1397 1995 180f
Switzerland 1238 1465 1992 50c
Tanzania     1998 300s
Tanzania     1998 300s
Tuvalu 0889   2000 90c
Tuvalu 0986   2000 90c
Yugoslavia 2155 2058 1984 40d