Arctic Tern

Other Names: none

Distribution: Arctic regions in summer; Antarctica in winter.

Description:

Size: 33-39 cm in length with a 66-77 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Mainly gray and white, with a white forehead, a black neck and crown (streaked with white), and white cheeks. The wing mantle is gray, and the shoulders are fringed brown, some tipped with white. The upper wing is gray with a white edge, and the collar and rump are both white. The deeply forked tail is off-white, with gray outer webs. The back of the head is black. The eyes are black and the beak and legs are bright red.

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Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
florida
georgia
greenland
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
vermont
virginia
washington
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
forked-tail
Wing Shape
long-wings
Action
perching
Behavior
forays
Markings
eye
plain
wingbands
Sounds
staccato
harsh song
Location
low perching
north in summer
south in summer
Habitat
coasts
Forests
Grasslands
Marshes
Color
gray
green
white
Body Shape
headcrested
gull
Size
medium
small
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
gulls, terns, skimmers - bird family: Laridae, order: Charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species