Common name: Caspian Tern
Binomial name Hydroprogne caspia (formerly Sterna caspia)
First described: Pallas, 1770
Distribution: Australia wide
Reference Reader's Digest Book of Birds 2nd ed 1986 Page: Pg 234
From John White's, Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales.
In John Latham's, General History of Birds, vol 10 p.174-5, his description of Fuliginous Petrel as illustrated and described in John Whites, Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales, he states that he is unsure whether this bird is the Black Petrel ('inhabits the sea, in the neighbourhood of Port Jackson') or the Norfolk Island Petrel (Mutton Bird).
Extract John White's, Journal of a voyage to New South Wales
'This is probably nothing more than a variety of the Procellaria quinoctialis of Linnaeus. It's size is nearly that of a raven. The whole bird is of a deep sooty brown, or blackish, except that on the chin is a small patch of white running down a little on each side from the lower mandible. The beak is of a yellowish-white.'