Little Tern

Sternula albifrons

Little Tern

Little Tern

Quick Facts


Scientific name:

Sternula albifrons


Gulls and terns

Conservation status:




22cm to 24cm


48cm to 55cm


49g to 63g

About the Little Tern

The little tern is the smallest member of the tern family here in the UK. They are rather delightful little birds and can be identified by their distinctive yellow bill with a black tip.

These terns are at their noisiest when at the breeding colonies where courtship starts. Initially, this involves the male performing an aerial display where they will call and carry a fish to assist in attracting a suitable mate.

In Europe, the little tern is listed as Amber on their conservation status due to their vulnerable nesting sites.

What does a Little Tern eat?

Their diets consist of fish.

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