Little Tern

Sternula albifrons

Length:

22cm to 24cm

Wingspan:

48cm to 55cm

Weight:

49g to 63g

Little Tern

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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