The lesser crested tern is a seabird of the tern family has stolen a ring from London museum has landed in Sri Lanka. Lesser Crested tern which was used in London bird museum’s research has flown more than 12000 kilometers distance and has landed in Puttalam. An injury is to be seen on the bird’s foot.
The bird has been spotted by a man near Puttalam lagoon and he has caught and made arrangements to hand the bird over to forest department officials.
The bird which weighs 300 grams has a nearly 6 inch beak, and a wing is around 10 inches.
Giribawa Forest Range Assistant D. Ramasinghe stated that the birds left leg has been broken due to an unknown reason. Injured bird has been handed over to the Veterinarian Chandana Jeyasinghe of the Anuradhapura-Pandulagama Forest office.
There were no issues on bird’s identity as there was a special ring on its foot made of silver from London Museum.
The lesser crested tern is a seabird of the tern family, Sternidae. It breeds in subtropical coastal parts of the world mainly from the Red Sea across the Indian Ocean to the western Pacific, and Australia, with a significant population on the southern coast of the Mediterranean on two islands off the Libyan coast. Accidental breeding has also been reported in Italy and France