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Browsing through a species group

Depending on your selection, you can have a family or genus displayed.

You have a number of filter options: a. all, ticked or non-ticked (Default all); b. Geographical areas (default All) and c. checklist to be used (default as per your personal settings - Clements 6.7 for birds and GT 2.0 for non-birds). If you have modified the options, you need to click on "Set Filter" to activate.

* Column 1 gives sequence # based on the checklist that has been filtered
* Column 2 has a green tick marker if you have ticked the taxa
* Column 3 shows the IUCN codes (click on the code and you will be linked to IUCN species info site)

By clicking on on the menu line on any of these 3 columns (and column 5 and 6, see below), it will sort ascendingly or descendingly. You restore to the default sequence by clicking on column 1 until you have sequence #1 at the top.

* Column 4 has a Show/Hide marker for polytypic species (i.e. a species with multiple subspecies) - click on to show the underlying taxa; click again to hide. If you have expanded a number of polytypic species, you can hide them all by clicking on the species group itself.

* Column 5 (English name), column 6 (Scientific name) and, if you have the language option other than English, column 7 (Domestic name) are self-explanatory. The English and scientific names are from the checklist that has been filtered (in this case Clements 6.7). The domestic names come from various sources and translations.

* Column 8 has markers for species or subspecies with photos ( links to Photo Gallery) and those which lack photos ( links to Photo Upload page).

You can set the value on how many entries you want to display at a time. Also, you have a Search field with a predictive search function (starts after you have typed two letters) which is handy when browsing through big species groups like e.g. hummingbirds.

Finally, you will be redirected to the info page of the species which is highlighted in yellow by clicking on it.
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1 River Tern   NT 
Sterna aurantia
OR e Pakistan through India to s Vietnam
2 Roseate Tern
Sterna dougallii
Worldwide widespread coasts
    Sterna dougallii dougallii
e North America, West Indies, Azores, Europe, Africa
    Sterna dougallii arideensis
Seychelles to Madagascar and Rodrigues I.
    Sterna dougallii korustes
Sri Lanka, Andaman Is. and Mergui Arch. (sw Myanmar)
    Sterna dougallii bangsi
Ryukyu Is. and e China to New Guinea, ne Australia and islands of the sw Pacific
    Sterna dougallii gracilis
Moluccas, w and n Australia
8 White-fronted Tern
Sterna striata
AU New Zealand Non-breeding: se Australia
9 Black-naped Tern
Sterna sumatrana
AF, OR, AU coasts Non-breeding: IO, s PO
    Sterna sumatrana mathewsi
islands of the w Indian Ocean
    Sterna sumatrana sumatrana
islands of e Indian Ocean to islands of w Pacific and Australasia
12 South American Tern
Sterna hirundinacea
SA coastal Peru and se Brazil to Tierra del Fuego, Falkland Is.
13 Common Tern
Sterna hirundo
EU, NA widespread Non-breeding: widespread coasts
    Sterna hirundo hirundo
North America to n South America, n and w Africa, Europe to nw Siberia and w China Non-breeding: s oceans
    Sterna hirundo tibetana
w Himalayas to w Mongolia and Tibet Non-breeding: e Indian Ocean
    Sterna hirundo minussensis
c Siberia to n Mongolia Non-breeding: Indian Ocean
    Sterna hirundo longipennis
ne Siberia to ne China Non-breeding: se Asia to Australia
18 White-cheeked Tern
Sterna repressa
AF, EU coastal Kenya to coastal Pakistan Non-breeding: w India
19 Arctic Tern
Sterna paradisaea
EU, NA widespread through the north Non-breeding: Subantarctic Ocean
20 Antarctic Tern
Sterna vittata
SO widespread
    Sterna vittata tristanensis
Tristan da Cunha and Gough Is.
    Sterna vittata sanctipauli
St. Paul and Amsterdam Is.
    Sterna vittata georgiae
South Georgia, South Orkney and South Sandwich Is.
    Sterna vittata gaini
South Shetland Is., Antarctic Pen. and islands
    Sterna vittata vittata
Prince Edward, Crozet, Kerguelen, Bouvet and Heard Is.
    Sterna vittata bethunei
Stewart, Snares, Auckland, Bounty, Antipodes, Campbell and Macquarie Is.
27 Kerguelen Tern   NT 
Sterna virgata
IO s islands
    Sterna virgata mercuri
Crozet and Prince Edward Is.
    Sterna virgata virgata
Kerguelen Is.
30 Forster's Tern
Sterna forsteri
NA, MA sc Canada through the USA to ne Mexico
31 Snowy-crowned Tern
Sterna trudeaui
SA se Brazil to e Argentina, c Chile
32 Black-bellied Tern   EN 
Sterna acuticauda
OR India through Southeast Asia

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