This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size is very large, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
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Christidis, L.; Boles, W. E. 1994. The taxonomy and species of birds of Australia and its territories. Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union, Melbourne.
Christidis, L.; Boles, W. E. 2008. Systematics and taxonomy of Australian birds. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia.
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The BirdLife Taxonomic Working Group is aware that phylogenetic analyses have been published which have proposed generic rearrangements which may affect this species, but prefers to wait until work by other taxonomists reveals how these changes affect the entire groups involved.
Thalasseus bergii AOU checklist (1998 + supplements), Thalasseus bergii Christidis and Boles (2008), Thalasseus bergii , Thalasseus bergii bergii Christidis and Boles (2008)
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Langrand, O. 1990. Guide to the birds of Madagascar. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
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del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J. 1996. Handbook of the Birds of the World, vol. 3: Hoatzin to Auks. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona, Spain.
Benoit, M. P.; Bretagnolle, V. 2002. Seabirds of the southern Lagoon of New Caledonia; distribution, abundance and threats. Waterbirds 25(2): 202-213.
de Korte, K. 1991. Status and conservation of Indonesia's seabird colonies. In: Croxall. J. P. (ed.), Seabird Status and Conservation: A Supplement, pp. 225-247. International Council for Bird Preservation, Cambridge, UK.
Cooper, J.; Crawford, R. J. M.; Suter, W.; Williams, A. J. 1990. Distribution, population size and conservation of the Swift Tern Sterna bergii in Southern Africa. Ostrich 61(1-2): 56-65.
Further web sources of information
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Text account compilers
Butchart, S., Calvert, R., Ekstrom, J., Malpas, L.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
BirdLife International (2013) Species factsheet: Sterna bergii. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/05/2013. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2013) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/05/2013.
This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.
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Additional resources for this species
|Current IUCN Red List category||Least Concern|
|Family||Laridae (Gulls and terns)|
|Species name author||Lichtenstein, 1823|
|Population size||mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||42,300,000 km2|
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