Common Tern

Sterna hirundo

Common Tern


31cm to 35cm


77cm to 98cm


90g to 150g

About the Common Tern

Nicknamed the 'sea-swallow', the common tern has a long tail with a white and grey/silver colourings. They are a noisy bird and are often found in large breeding colonies.

They fly gracefully and are often seen hovering above water whilst on the hunt for fish. Once they find one, they dive down to catch their prey.

Out of all the terns, you are most likely to see the common tern inland.

What does a Common Tern eat?

Their diet mainly consists of fish.

Other birds in the Gulls and terns family