The Indian river tern or just river tern (Sterna aurantia) is a bird in the tern family . It is a resident breeder along inland rivers from Iran east into the Indian Subcontinent and further to Myanmar to Thailand, where it is uncommon. Unlike most Sterna terns, it is almost exclusively found on freshwater, rarely venturing even to tidal creeks.

This species breeds from March to May in colonies in less accessible areas such as sandbanks in rivers. It nests in a ground scrape, often on bare rock or sand, and lays three greenish-grey to buff eggs, which are blotched and streaked with brown.

This is a medium-sized tern, 38–43 cm long with dark grey upperparts, white underparts, a forked tail with long flexible streamers, and long pointed wings. The bill is yellow and the legs red. It has a black cap in breeding plumage. In the winter the cap is greyish white, flecked and streaked with black, there is a dark mask through the eye, and the tip of the bill becomes dusky.

The sexes are similar but juveniles have a brown head, brown-marked grey upperparts, grey breast sides and white underparts. The bill is yellowish with a dark tip

As with other Sterna terns, the river tern feeds by plunge-diving for fish, crustaceans, tadpoles and aquatic insects in rivers, lakes, and tanks. Its numbers are decreasing due to the pollution of their habitat.
River Tern
Date Location Count
2020-11-16 16:00parth kansara photography4
2020-11-01 16:24Ranjitpur Tank15
2020-11-04 06:10Mokarsagar Wetland Complex--Dharampur3
2020-11-19 11:05Mokarsagar Wetland Complex--Gosabara Creek3
2020-11-27 16:21Dhinchada Lake50
2020-11-21 16:00Dhichda
2020-11-25 08:11Netsi Lake5
2020-11-01 07:29Bedi Port Rd10
2020-11-08 06:47Great Rann of Kachchh--Dholavira6
2020-11-07 17:27Lakhota Lake9
2020-11-28 17:00Vibhapar
2020-11-14 07:23Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary10
2020-11-15 10:41Narsinh Mehta Lake15
2020-11-25 08:02Girnar Forest--Lal dhori2
2020-11-29 12:07Khirasara Grassland2
2020-11-16 16:00Nyari-Khirasara Birding Corridor6
2020-11-08 08:44Nyari-1 Dam1
2020-11-22 07:30Fofal Dam--Kuvadva4
2020-11-07 18:28Garida Dam5
2020-11-30 06:52Little Rann of Kachchh--Kharaghoda entry2
2020-11-20 06:54Little Rann of Kachchh--Bajana Entry2
2020-11-28 14:55Little Rann of Kachchh--Bajana Creek50
2020-11-29 07:00Little Rann of Kachchh--Patdi Lake2
2020-11-17 07:36Bhaskarpara Narmada Canal Area4
2020-11-01 08:10Kallar Kahar Lake1
2020-11-14 13:30Vadala Dam3
2020-11-29 07:23Bhaskarpura Wetland9
2020-11-29 07:23Hebatpur, Gujarat9
2020-11-29 08:36Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary3
2020-11-02 07:08Nalsarovar Outskirts--Aniyali4
2020-11-28 15:36Kumbharwada wetland15
2020-11-13 07:25Victoria Park8
2020-11-27 07:17Lakhanka Dam1
2020-11-29 17:42Lake on New Port - Airport Rd1
2020-11-02 16:15Nava Bandar (New Port) Rd4
2020-11-15 15:00Thol Bird Sanctuary2
2020-11-20 16:00Dabhla Panjarapole2
2020-11-08 13:27Rancharda Lake2
2020-11-19 16:19Juni Akhol8
2020-11-24 17:06Limbasi-Vastana Rd2
2020-11-14 06:30Narmada Canal, Karai6
2020-11-14 15:09Sant Sarovar1
2020-11-08 15:40Narda Wetland5
2020-11-29 15:50Pariej Lake10
2020-11-16 06:37Sindhrot Nature Education Park12
2020-11-08 07:58Virar--Tuss Khadi Beach, Arnala1
2020-11-15 08:00Gogte saltpans vasai1
2020-11-16 08:00Gorai jetty1
2020-11-16 09:02Timbi Lake2
2020-11-08 07:00Bhandup Pumping Station6
2020-11-02 07:30Bhandup Pumping Station -- creek mudflats2
2020-11-16 07:19Bhandup Pumping Station, Mumbai2
2020-11-20 13:16Panje, Uran2
2020-11-07 07:15Bamandev Mandir2
2020-11-07 07:40TS Chanakya College, Navi Mumbai1
2020-11-08 07:56Satpool Wetlands2
2020-11-08 16:00Sector 17, Kharghar2
2020-11-22 07:03Vadhavana Lake, Dabhoi2
2020-11-03 08:52Vadatalav Lake3
2020-11-01 07:45Dabli Khurd1
2020-11-22 07:00Tal Chhapar Sanctuary5
2020-11-21 10:11Chhapar Village Chowk and Pond1
2020-11-08 07:27Waghad Dam3
2020-11-17 11:33Ratanmahal WLS5
2020-11-30 23:55Kasarsai Dam, Pune4
2020-11-27 09:54Anasagar Lake1
2020-11-06 13:29Harike Bird Sanctuary--Makhu Canal1
2020-11-12 10:30Mula River -- Baner2
2020-11-12 07:30ARAI Hills (Vetal Tekdi)1
2020-11-29 10:20Riverside road, Anandnagar, Pune1
2020-11-27 11:30Kavdi Pat50
2020-11-18 07:00Parinche8
2020-11-21 06:15Pingori village(Jejuri)1
2020-11-28 15:08Raiwasa Lake & surroundings1
2020-11-22 09:00Morgaon6
2020-11-03 10:00Cansaulim Beach1
2020-11-25 07:15Nakane Lake, Dhule2
2020-11-19 12:04Rankala Lake, Kolhapur13
2020-11-22 07:09Kalamba Reservoir7
2020-11-25 08:00Maina-Raia Wetlands4
2020-11-20 15:50Sonvad Reservoir, Dhule3
2020-11-07 10:12Yeralwadi Dam50
2020-11-06 07:13Sangmeshwar temple -- river bank, Haripur, Sangli, Maharashtra17
2020-11-12 07:03Krishna Mai ghat, Sangli4
2020-11-01 07:34Neota Talav1
2020-11-01 09:30Bhigwan -- Kumbhargaon Bird Sanctuary50
2020-11-07 10:32Bhigwan -- Diksal1
2020-11-21 07:25Pong Dam--Nagrota Surian3
2020-11-21 06:35Lake Chandlai, Jaipur5
2020-11-28 07:00Barkhera
2020-11-22 07:30Babaji Ki Paal--Kanota Dam8
2020-11-06 21:35Alania Dam20
2020-11-17 10:50Kishanpura (Machal) Wetland, Indore3
2020-11-01 11:20Yeshwant Sagar1
2020-11-22 07:57Gulawat1
2020-11-27 08:30Sirpur Tank12
2020-11-15 16:17Khelna dam, Aurangabad10
2020-11-20 11:10Baroda Daulat Village Pond1
2020-11-22 07:00Baroda daulat1
2020-11-12 15:00Dighal3
2020-11-29 11:27Gudavi Bird Sanctuary11
2020-11-22 07:41Hatnur Dam (IBA)3
2020-11-09 07:12Baje Dam1
2020-11-22 06:59Yakkundi Kere5
2020-11-24 11:00Madothi jahjjar HR/IN1
2020-11-27 06:30Bhutnal Lake, Bijapur1
2020-11-24 06:25Hanchinal Lake1
2020-11-13 07:42Basai Wetland1
2020-11-29 07:30Bommanalli Kere3
2020-11-26 06:45Nagathan Kere, Vijayapura-Indi Rd9
2020-11-11 06:29Honnutagi Lake6
2020-11-29 16:52Damdama Lake2
2020-11-26 16:00Sungarpur, Yamuna Khadar,Jhangola,IN-Del7
2020-11-28 07:05Okhla Bird Sanctuary1
2020-11-22 16:19Balaganur Lake2
2020-11-16 12:20Bableshwar Kere5
2020-11-29 07:22Chikmagalur1
2020-11-15 06:00Kava Lake, Latur7
2020-11-29 16:00Kapsi Talao (lake), Akola5
2020-11-09 13:55Ramsagar Wildlife Sanctuary2
2020-11-18 16:35Popatkhed Reservoir3
2020-11-06 07:37Yamuna River Bed at General ganj, Mathura9
2020-11-17 10:46Vrindavan2
2020-11-09 16:30Talab Shahi1
2020-11-22 07:25kumbhari lake, Akola7
2020-11-15 11:30Van Vihar NP2
2020-11-22 14:15Borgaon Manju Reservoir8
2020-11-28 09:01Hampi2
2020-11-15 08:36Bonal Lake Bird Sanctuary20
2020-11-08 08:28Haiderpur Wetlands -- Muzaffarnagar Zone4
2020-11-26 08:00Haiderpur Wetlands and Ganga Barrage2
2020-11-11 10:00Haiderpur Wetlands -- Bijnor Zone1
2020-11-08 07:30Gondvihir Reservoir5
2020-11-25 09:14Kole Wetlands--Uppungal (Malappuram)2
2020-11-21 07:30Bharathapuzha ,Velliyankallu , Thrithala1
2020-11-22 07:45Pullu4
2020-11-08 07:30Olari9
2020-11-18 06:25Ranipur, near Tawa Reservoir1
2020-11-15 07:10Kole Wetlands--Palakkal3
2020-11-25 07:30Kole Wetlands--Konthipulam II4
2020-11-26 07:00Kole Wetlands--Kondhipulam I9
2020-11-26 10:30Kole wetlands - Thommana6
2020-11-14 06:30Sawardi Reservoir, Amravati1
2020-11-08 16:32papnash lake forest2
2020-11-05 15:54Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary1
2020-11-25 16:02Kadamakudy--Valiya Kadamakkudy2
2020-11-12 08:50Varapuzha--Devaswompadam Fish Landing1
2020-11-16 06:30Savanga Lake, Amravati2
2020-11-15 17:00Kadamakudy--Thundathumkadavu
2020-11-22 16:46Kaveri Riverine, Srirangapattana, Mandya Dt17
2020-11-09 09:37Kekatpur Lake2
2020-11-29 08:47Kalale, Nanjangud (ಕಳಲೆ)3
2020-11-21 08:14Hatna Wetland1
2020-11-29 12:58Mahadevapura Bridge, Mandya Dt1
2020-11-11 08:54National Chambal Sanctuary -- Jaitpur1
2020-11-23 08:47National Chambal Sanctuary -- Nadgawan2
2020-11-12 14:33Koppa Tank, Maddur Tq, Mandya Dt, Karnataka2
2020-11-18 14:54Muthurayana Kere, Tumkur Dt3
2020-11-18 15:53Paniyeli Poru--Whispering Waters1
2020-11-27 16:00Chembana Hillocks, Malampuzha4
2020-11-15 11:05Cholenahalli Kere2
2020-11-01 08:30Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve2
2020-11-15 09:30Singur Dam Reservoir, Medak5
2020-11-07 12:00Kanva Reservoir1
2020-11-06 17:39Sargur Kere1
2020-11-22 06:50Karingali Puncha, Pandalam2
2020-11-30 09:33Thippagondanahalli (TG Halli) Reservoir3
2020-11-30 14:00Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary5
2020-11-22 12:10Singanallur Lake, Coimbatore2
2020-11-29 08:06Madhure Kere2
2020-11-17 09:25Digraj, Wardha2
2020-11-08 06:51Pallapalayam Lake1
2020-11-22 09:51Rotha-II Dam and Reservoir, Wardha2
2020-11-11 12:34Gunjur Lake2
2020-11-29 09:51Madan Dam3
2020-11-22 14:05Rotha Reservoir I, Wardha2
2020-11-29 06:47Hessaraghatta Kere30
2020-11-30 06:42Nayakanahalli--The Backyard Camp3
2020-11-29 07:21Cauvery WLS--Galibore4
2020-11-15 08:19Aagara-BM Kaval Kere (near Valley School)2
2020-11-29 06:10Mavathur Kere, Kanakapura3
2020-11-05 06:45Sabbanahalli (Vatadahosahalli) Kere5
2020-11-10 11:20Dongargaon Dam8
2020-11-28 10:11Cauvery WLS--Arkavathi Bridge1
2020-11-07 10:31National Chambal Sanctuary -- Bhareh Fort at Chambal Yamuna Confluence12
2020-11-07 07:11Yelahanka Kere2
2020-11-26 06:30Narsapur Reserve Forest2
2020-11-05 06:31Bhairasagara Lake1
2020-11-22 07:00Osman Sagar Lake5
2020-11-25 07:00Ameenpur Lake, Hyderabad
2020-11-07 06:19Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Bangalore, New Campus2
2020-11-29 16:18Dodda Begur Kere2
2020-11-29 06:39Agara Kere (HSR Layout)2
2020-11-19 17:18Madinaguda Lake1
2020-11-29 15:30Jigani Kere3
2020-11-28 07:00Sonnapura12
2020-11-11 06:46Kasavanahalli Kere2
2020-11-27 10:48Kaikondrahalli Kere / Kaikondanahalli Kere1
2020-11-01 07:15Himayat Sagar Lake6
2020-11-29 07:18Anekal Dodda Kere1
2020-11-22 06:20Muthanallur Kere7
2020-11-26 15:43Vellayani--Punchakkari Paddy Fields2
2020-11-08 13:00Kaddam Project Dam, Pandwapur, Telangana5
2020-11-13 08:10Pothara Dam,Hinganghat2
2020-11-04 06:36Edulabad Lake5
2020-11-28 14:55Bethamangalam Reservoir, Kolar Dt3
2020-11-15 06:30Satkosia Tiger Reserve
2020-11-21 08:07Anshupa Lake2
2020-11-22 09:32Mundali6
2020-11-22 07:48Naraj2
2020-11-13 05:41Purbasthali Bird Sanctuary PUB1
2020-11-27 10:45Maguri Beel4