Bridled Tern

Distribution / Range

They live in the tropical oceans; in Mexico, the Caribbean and west Africa;   around the Arabia and in Southeast Asia and Australasia.  Rare vagrants  western Europe.

Bridled Tern (Onychoprion anaethetus, formerly Sterna anaethetus - see Bridge et al., 2005)

Bridled TernDescription

This is a medium-sized tern, at 30–32 cm in length and with a 77–81 cm wingspan.

The wings and deeply forked tail are long, and it has dark grey upperparts and white underparts. The forehead and eyebrows are white, as is a striking collar on the hindneck. It has black legs and bill.

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Bridled Tern

Bridled Tern

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alabama
arkansas
california
caribbean
connecticut
cuba
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
gulf coast
labrador
louisiana
maine
maryland
massachusetts
mississippi
new foundland
new jersey
new york
north carolina
pennsylvania
rhodeisland
south carolina
texas
virginia
Tail Shape
forked-tail
Wing Shape
long-wings
pointed-wings
Habitat
Oceans
Color
brown
white
Body Shape
gull
Size
medium
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
gulls, terns, skimmers - bird family: Laridae, order: Charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species