- Sylvia melanocephala
- Warblers & Whatnots
The Sandwich Tern has three subspecies: The Sandvicensis breeds on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts of Europe, and winters off western Africa and Arabia; the marginally smaller Acuflavida breeds on Atlantic coasts of North America, wintering in the Caribbean and further south, and has wandered to Western Europe;the yellow-billed Eurygnatha breeds on the Atlantic coast of South America from Argentina north to the Caribbean.
Sandwich Terns breed in very dense colonies mostly on coasts and islands. It nests in a ground scrape and lays one to three eggs.
The Sandwich Tern's thin bill is black with a yellow tip, except in the yellow or orange billed South American race. In winter, the Sandwich Tern's forehead becomes white.
|Hatched||Added to Birdorable on: 20 July 2007|
|Scientific Name||Thalasseus sandvicensis|
|Birdorable Family||Terns & Gulls|
(as of 30 March 2017)
14 to 17 inches
33 to 38 inches
|Range||West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia South Asia North Africa West Africa Central Africa East Africa South Africa North America Central America Caribbean South America United States (East)|