Least Tern

Other Names: none

Distribution: coasts and rivers of the United States, south through Mexico and the Caribbean.

Least Tern distribution range map

Description:

Size: 28-29 cm in length with a 30-31 cm wingspan.

Plumage: White overall with a black cap and white forehead, pale gray back and wings, and forked tail. The bill is yellow with a black tip, the legs are yellow, and the eyes are black.

 

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Least Tern

Least Tern

Bill Shape
all-purpose
long billed
Regions
alabama
alberta
arizona
arkansas
atlanticcoast
baja california
british columbia
california
caribbean
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
gulf coast
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 atlantic coast
north carolina
north dakota
nova scotia
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pacific coast
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south caribbean
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yucatan
Tail Shape
forked-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
hopping
Behavior
bounding
Markings
bold
cross
crown
head
plain
tailstripes
Sounds
staccato
Location
high perching
low perching
north in summer
north in winter
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
coasts
Forests
Color
blackandwhite
gray
white
red
Body Shape
gull
Size
medium
small
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
gulls, terns, skimmers - bird family: Laridae, order: Charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species