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Little Tern

Loggerhead Kingbird
Little Ringed Plover

About the Little Tern

The Little Tern is a small species of seabird found in parts of the eastern hemisphere. The species is migratory; it breeds across parts of Europe and Asia, and winters as far south as Australia and southern Africa.

In its breeding plumage, the Little Tern has a black cap contrasting with a bright white forehead. Males and females look alike.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 21 March 2014
Scientific Name Sternula albifrons
  • Charadriiformes
  • Sternidae
  • Sternula
  • S. albifrons
Birdorable Family Terns & Gulls
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
7.9 to 11 inches
17.7 to 21.7 inches
1.7 to 2.2 ounces


While the population trend for the Little Tern is decreasing, the species has an extremely large range and has a conservation status of Least Concern as of March 2014.

International Names

  • Trinta-reis-boreal (Brazilian)
  • 白额燕鸥 (Chinese)
  • rybák malý (Czech)
  • Dværgterne (Danish)
  • Dwergstern (Dutch)
  • pikkutiira (Finnish)
  • Sterne naine (French)
  • Zwergseeschwalbe (German)
  • Fraticello (Italian)
  • コアジサシ [koajisashi] (Japanese)
  • Dvergterne (Norwegian)
  • rybitwa białoczelna (Polish)
  • Малая крачка (Russian)
  • Charrancito Común (Spanish)
  • Småtärna (Swedish)