Sooty Tern

Common Names:

Soody Tern,  Wideawake Tern, wideawake, ?ewa ?ewa (Hawaii), manutara (Polynesia)

Distribution

The Atlantic Sooty Terns (ssp. fuscatus) breed in the Atlantic and Caribbean.

The Indopacific Sooty Terns (ssp. nubilosus) breed from Red Sea across Indian Ocean to at least central Pacific.

Description

This large tern measures about 33 - 36 cm (13 -14 inches) in length, including the long, deeply-forked tail.  The upper plumage is dark grey and the plumage below is whitish.  The bill and legs are black. 

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Sooty Tern

Sooty Tern

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
alabama
alaska
arkansas
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
illinois
indiana
kentucky
louisiana
maine
maryland
massachusetts
mississippi
missouri
new brunswick
new hampshire
new jersey
new york
north carolina
nova scotia
ohio
ontario
pennsylvania
quebec
south carolina
tennessee
texas
vermont
virginia
west virginia
wisconsin
Tail Shape
forked-tail
Wing Shape
broad-wings
pointed-wings
Habitat
coasts
Oceans
Color
black
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