Little Tern

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 21 March 2014
Scientific Name
Sternula albifrons
  • Charadriiformes
  • Sternidae
  • Sternula
  • S. albifrons
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 26 November 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
7.9 to 11 inches
17.7 to 21.7 inches
1.7 to 2.2 ounces
Range

Conservation

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

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