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    angel tern {or} white tern - die Feenseeschwalbe {wiss.: Gygis alba [Ornithologie]}

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    angel tern {or} white tern zool. - die Feenseeschwalbe {wiss.: Gygis alba [Ornithologie]}

    Examples/ definitions with source references
    The committee broke several of its own rules to come up with a completely new name for one species: Angel Tern is the name suggested for Gygis alba in place of two other widely used names, Fairy Tern (correctly assigned to Sterna nereis) and White Tern (deemed too bland for such an endearing seabird). An apt new name for this ethereal tern, I think.
    Alan E. Burger in einer Besprechung von Gill & Wright (International Ornithological Congress): Birds of the World: Recommended English Names (2006)

    Some entirely new names have been invented: 'Angel Tern' (for Gygis alba) is discussed in the Introduction, ceding Fairy Tern to Sterna nereis , the familiar alternative, White Tern, eschewed as, apparently, too naff ('truly bland')

    Gygis alba (Sparrman, 1786)
    Common Name(s): Angel Tern (English), White Tern (English)
    Taxonomic Status: Current Standing: valid
    Data Quality Indicators: Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met

    white tern (Gygis alba)
    Bridge, Jones, Baker: A phylogenetic framework for the terns (Sternini) inferred from mtDNA sequences: implications for taxonomy and plumage evolution. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 35 (2005) 459–469

    Gygis alba - White tern

    angel tern - Gygis alba (Sparrman, 1786)
    Forest & Kim Starr, U.S. Geological Survey, United States

    Die Feenseeschwalbe heißt Gygis alba.

    Feenseeschwalbe - Gygis alba
    Markus Kappeler (erschienen in der WWF Conservation Stamp Collection, Groth AG, Unterägeri)

    die Feenseeschwalbe (Gygis alba)
    Gefiederte Welt (Ausgabe September 2008)
    Der vom International Ornithological Congress 2006 empfohlene englischsprachige Namen "angel tern" wird sich gegenüber der gebräuchlichen Bezeichnung "white tern" allenfalls langsam durchsetzen, so dass ich die Aufnahme beider Namen empfehle.

    angel tern or white tern [zool.] - die Feenseeschwalbe wiss.: Gygis alba [Ornithologie]
    Authorgygis (236257) 09 Nov 08, 20:34
    Context/ examples
    Gygis alba
    White Tern
    [Handbook of the Birds of the World - Internet Bird Collection]

    Gygis alba
    Angel Tern
    [Tree of Life]

    Eine seltene Art ist die Feenseeschwalbe, die nur im südlichen Seenu-Atoll zu finden ist.

    Bei einer Wanderung zwischen tausenden brütenden Schlankschnabelnoddis, Noddis und Feenseeschwalben müssen wir auf die seltenen Seychellenrohrsänger achten, für die hier gezielte Schutzmaßnahmen unternommen werden, um diese Art vor dem Aussterben zu bewahren.
    Auf diesen Vorschlag warte ich schon lange. Unterstützt!
    #1AuthorWachtelkönig (396690) 09 Nov 08, 20:53
    OT Wachtelkönig - what's the name of a most elegant and delicate white sea bird ith some sort of feathery appendage - i used to think the were terns of a sort - they look like they should not survive at sea - often spotted in the caribbean - any idea?
    #2Authornoli (489500) 10 Nov 08, 10:05

    Hi noli, sorry about the late reponse. Do you perhaps mean tropicbirds? In the Caribbean probably White-tailed Tropicbird.
    #3AuthorWachtelkönig (396690) 11 Nov 08, 03:03
    ... here's a picture.
    #4AuthorWachtelkönig (396690) 11 Nov 08, 03:04
    [late response --- and there are actually several photographs]
    #5AuthorWachtelkönig (396690) 11 Nov 08, 03:06
    thank you wachtelkönig - the elegant shape looks quite like them - but the tail feathers seemed to be more untidy looked sometimes like they had some branches - a bit like a delicate feathery mobile on the tail also not so streamlined but more downward - perhaps because in groups ... only ever saw them out at sea - when sailing... i was stunned that they should be sea birds
    #6Authornoli11 Nov 08, 08:07
    n.b. i used to have lots of interesting birds vsiting on the cliff including ospreys, pelicans, what we called booby birds (brown)- the best fishers and most elegant dive bombers, herons - talking lazy walks on grass paths picking off little crabs in the morning dew, frigates, igrets, owls and hawks - just to mention a few
    #7Authornoli11 Nov 08, 08:23
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