Black Tern

Other Names: none

Distribution: inland North America and Europe in summer; South American and African coasts in winter.

Black Tern range map

Description:

Size: 24-26 cm in length with a 64-67 cm wingspan, weighing an average of 62 g.

Plumage: Both sexes have a solid black head and undersides, gray wings, and a moderately forked gray tail. Outside of the breeding season, the head and undersides are white, with dusky smudging around the eyes and the back of the neck. The legs, beak, and eyes are all black.

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Black Tern

Black Tern

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
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
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
notched-tail
Wing Shape
long-wings
pointed-wings
Action
perching
Behavior
forays
Markings
crown
plain
tailstripes
Sounds
staccato
high
Location
low perching
north in summer
south in summer
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
fields
Grasslands
Marshes
Color
black
blackandwhite
gray
yellow
Body Shape
headcrested
gull
Size
medium
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
gulls, terns, skimmers - bird family: Laridae, order: Charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species