Sterna acuticauda by Pat Jackman(8 in. x 8 in. | Colored pencil | ID#4188)
Family: LARIDAE | Conservation Status: Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
The Black Bellied Tern (Sterna Acuticauda) is currently on the endangered species list. Native India, specifically Pakistan, Nepal and parts of China, it's size is around 13-14 inches in length, with a white throat and a black belly, with which it is named for. It is an inland species, living off large rivers, feeding upon insects and small fish. Their breeding areas along these rivers and sandpits, are decreasing in size and some are destroyed by flooding of local dams.
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