Sooty Tern

About the Sooty Tern

Also known as: Wideawake Tern, Wideawake

The Sooty Tern is a bird of the tropical oceans, breeding on islands close to the equator. Sooty Terns are migratory and dispersive, wintering more widely through the tropical oceans. Sooty Terns breed in colonies on rocky or coral islands. It feeds by picking fish from the surface in marine environments, often in large flocks, and rarely comes to land except to breed, and can stay out at sea for between three to ten years!

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 20 July 2007
Scientific Name
Onychoprion fuscata
  • Charadriiformes
  • Sternidae
  • Onychoprion
  • O. fuscatus
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 16 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
13 to 14 inches
32 to 37 inches

Range

International Names

Brazilian Trinta-réis-das-rocas
Chinese 乌燕鸥
Czech Rybák černohřbetý
Danish Sodfarvet Terne
Dutch Bonte Stern
Finnish Nokitiira
French Sterne Fuligineuse
German Rußseeschwalbe
Italian Rondine di Mare Oscura
Japanese セグロアジサシ (Seguroajisashi)
Korean 검은등제비갈매기 (Geomeundeungjebigalmaegi)
Norwegian Sotterne
Polish Rybitwa Czarnogrzbieta
Russian Темная крачка
Spanish Charrán Sombrío
Swedish Sottärna
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