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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 Royal Tern
Thalasseus maximus
NA, MA, SA, AF coasts
    Thalasseus maximus maximus
s California (USA) to Peru, Florida and West Indies to Argentina
    Thalasseus maximus albididorsalis
: Breeding: Mauritania to Guinea Non-breeding: to Namibia
4 Greater Crested Tern
Thalasseus bergii
AU, OR, AF coasts of e AF to the s Pacific
    Thalasseus bergii bergii
Namibia, South Africa and Mozambique
    Thalasseus bergii thalassinus
: Breeding: Tanzania, Madagascar to Mascarenes and Chagos Arch. Non-breeding: to s Somalia
    Thalasseus bergii velox
Red Sea and nw Somalia to Myanmar and w Sumatra
    Thalasseus bergii cristatus
e China to w, n and e Australia, Ryukyu and Tuamotu Is.
9 Lesser Crested Tern
Thalasseus bengalensis
AF, OR, AU widespread coasts
    Thalasseus bengalensis bengalensis
: Breeding: Red Sea and Indian Ocean Non-breeding: to South Africa
    Thalasseus bengalensis emigratus
: Breeding: Libya and Persian Gulf Non-breeding: w and ne Africa, w India
    Thalasseus bengalensis torresii
: Breeding: Australasia Non-breeding: Philippines to Bismarck Arch.
13 Chinese Crested Tern   CR 
Thalasseus bernsteini
EU: Breeding: islands off China`s e coast Non-breeding: Philippines, Borneo
14 Sandwich Tern
Thalasseus sandvicensis
EU, AF: Breeding: northern Europe to Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas Non-breeding: s Europe to n Africa, Persian Gulf, India
15 Cabot's Tern
Thalasseus acuflavidus
NA, MA, SA: Breeding: widespread coasts from Virginia to French Guiana, Argentina Non-breeding: Pacific coast from Mexico to Ecuador, Atlantic coast from Florida to Uruguay
    Thalasseus acuflavidus acuflavidus
: Breeding: e North America to s Caribbean Non-breeding: to S Peru and Uruguay
    Thalasseus acuflavidus eurygnathus
islands off Venezuela and the Guianas, n and e South America
18 Elegant Tern   NT 
Thalasseus elegans
NA, MA, SA: Breeding: coastal sw USA and nw Mexico Non-breeding: w coast of Latin America

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