By J. Ignacio Dies, Miguel Chardí and Ana Abad
Abstract Records of breeding Elegant Terns Thalasseus elegans at L’Albufera de Valencia, in eastern Spain, from 2006 onwards, are described. At least eight different adult Elegant Terns were recorded in the breeding season. As well as mixed pairings with Sandwich Terns T. sandvicensis, nine pure pairs of Elegant Tern occurred between 2009 and 2018, rearing a total of seven juveniles. These are the first, and so far the only, pure breeding pairs of Elegant Terns in the Western Palearctic.
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