Caspian Tern

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Caspian Tern

 

(Hydroprogne caspia), a bird of the family Laridae of the order Charadriiformes. The body is about 50 cm long and weighs about 650 g. The bird is gray above and white below, with a black head cap and black legs. The Caspian tern is distributed sporadically in Europe (except the north), Western and Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and North America. In the USSR it is found along the Baltic, Black, Azov, Caspian, and Aral Seas, as well as along lakes of Kazakhstan, Transbaikalia, and the southern Primor’e. The Caspian tern is a migratory bird. It nests in colonies on shoals and islands. A clutch contains two or three eggs, which are incubated by both parents for 22 or 23 days. The Caspian tern feeds on small fish, invertebrates, and, sometimes, the young of other birds.

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Buller displayed his birds, moa bones and a dozen Maori portraits by Lindauer, which had received much attention at an exhibition in Wellington in 1885 as a 'faithful portrait of a dying race.' (39) These pictures, along with the Ngati Pikiao pataka Te Takinga, the tomb of Te Arawa ariki Waata Taranui, and a large number of smaller objects, together made up Buller's 'Ethnological Collections, illustrating the history, arts, customs and habits of the Maori race.' (40) The pataka, completed with the addition of a number of disparate elements from different tribes, was erected alongside three wax figures of Maori in traditional costume.