The Bridled Tern is a pelagic species of tern found in tropical and subtropical waters. They breed colonially around rocky island shores, using a scraped-out area in dirt or pebbles on the ground. Just one egg is laid during a breeding cycle and both parents care for the egg and chick through its early development.
Adult Bridled Terns in breeding plumage can be recognized by their deeply forked tails, grey upperparts, and black caps. They have long, narrow wings and white patches at the forehead.
Bridled Terns feed on small fish, squid, crustaceans, and other aquatic prey.
2020 Bonanza Bird #18: Bridled Tern
Today’s new Birdorable species is a pelagic seabird: the Bridled Tern! Like many seabirds, the Bridled Tern has a monochromatic plumage in whites, greys, and blacks. Their plumage is countershaded, meaning they are ... more