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Little Tern

(Sternula albifrons)
Size: 21-25 cm; wing span: 41-47 cm
Weight: 42-65 g

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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]

Near-lateral view of a Little Tern in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Caloundra Headland, QLD, January 2018]

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

NON-BREEDING

Lateral view of two Little Terns in non-breeding plumage, in front of much larger White-fronted Terns; note that the legs are not black, but dark greyish-pink (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Caloundra Headland, QLD, January 2018]

Little Tern, top, in comparison with a Common Tern, bottom (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Old Bar, NSW, February 2018]

Little Terns in comparison with Common Terns (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Old Bar, NSW, February 2018]

Little Tern, top right, in comparison with a Common Tern, bottom left (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Old Bar, NSW, February 2018]

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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