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Little Tern

(Sternula albifrons)
Size: 21-25 cm; wing span: 41-47 cm
Weight: 50 g (average)

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Little Tern at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "sinensis"

ADULT

BREEDING

Frontal view of two Little Terns in breeding plumage
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Here the same two Little Terns, seen preening
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Near-frontal view of a Little Tern in breeding plumage
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

Lateral view of a Little Tern in breeding plumage in flight
[Bundjalung NP, NSW, February 2012]

NON-BREEDING

The photos below are shown here for identification purposes. They could still do with some improvement...

Distant near-frontal view of a Little Tern in non-breeding plumage
[Near Old Bar, NSW, September 2011]

Distant lateral view of a Little Tern in non-breeding plumage
[Near Old Bar, NSW, September 2011]

Here a different phase of the wing beat
[Near Old Bar, NSW, September 2011]

Now displaying the underwings
[Near Old Bar, NSW, September 2011]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a juvenile Little Tern (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney, NSW, February 2013]

Two juvenile Little Terns (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Eastlakes Golf Course, Sydney, NSW, February 2013]

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