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The sooty tern (Onychoprion fuscatus) (formerly Sterna fuscata<ref>Bridge et al. (2005)</ref>), is a seabird of the tern family, (Sternidae). It is a bird of the tropical oceans, breeding on islands throughout the equatorial zone. Colloquially, it is known as the wideawake tern or just wideawake. This refers to the incessant calls produced by a colony of these birds, as does the Hawaiian name ʻewa ʻewa which roughly means "cacophony".<ref>From ʻewa, "crooked, out of shape, imperfect" (Pukui et al. 1992: p.17)</ref> In most of Polynesia its name is manutara or similar however – literally "tern-bird",<ref>The Polynesian word for terns (tara) is the same as the word for "pointed"; it is easy to see how these sharp-billed fork-tailed birds came to be called thus (Tregear, 1891)</ref> though it might be better rendered in English as "the tern" or "common tern". This refers to the fact that wherever Polynesian seafarers went on their long voyages, they usually would find these birds in astounding numbers. It is also known as kaveka in the Marquesas Islands, where dishes using its eggs are a delicacy.<ref name="BlondBrash2006">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>


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The sooty tern (Onychoprion fuscatus) (formerly Sterna fuscata<ref>Bridge et al. (2005)</ref>), is a seabird of the tern family, (Sternidae). It is a bird of the tropical oceans, breeding on islands throughout the equatorial zone. Colloquially, it is known as the wideawake tern or just wideawake. This refers to the incessant calls produced by a colony of these birds, as does the Hawaiian name ʻewa ʻewa which roughly means "cacophony".<ref>From ʻewa, "crooked, out of shape, imperfect" (Pukui et al. 1992: p.17)</ref> In most of Polynesia its name is manutara or similar however – literally "tern-bird",<ref>The Polynesian word for terns (tara) is the same as the word for "pointed"; it is easy to see how these sharp-billed fork-tailed birds came to be called thus (Tregear, 1891)</ref> though it might be better rendered in English as "the tern" or "common tern". This refers to the fact that wherever Polynesian seafarers went on their long voyages, they usually would find these birds in astounding numbers. It is also known as kaveka in the Marquesas Islands, where dishes using its eggs are a delicacy.<ref name="BlondBrash2006">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>


Sooty tern sections
Intro   Description    Ecology    Role in Easter Island culture    Gallery    Footnotes    References   External links  

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