Royal Tern

Other Names: none

Distribution: tropical coasts of the Americas; also found off the western coasts of Africa.

Royal Tern distribution range map

Description:

Size: 43-47 cm in length with a 107-110 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Generally gray to off-white, with a black cap, wispy black crest, pale gray back and wings, and a white forehead. The beak is orange and the legs and eyes are black.

LS

Species image
Royal Tern

Royal Tern

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alabama
arizona
arkansas
atlanticcoast
baja california
california
caribbean
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
gulf coast
illinois
indiana
iowa
labrador
louisiana
maine
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
mississippi
nebraska
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
nova scotia
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south carolina
tennessee
texas
virginia
wisconsin
yucatan
Tail Shape
forked-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
perching
Behavior
forays
Markings
eye
plain
wingbands
Sounds
harsh call
staccato
harsh song
Location
high perching
low perching
north in summer
Habitat
coasts
Forests
Color
gray
white
Body Shape
headcrested
gull
Size
large
small
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
gulls, terns, skimmers - bird family: Laridae, order: Charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species