Common Tern

Sterna hirundo

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

COTE

Code 6

STEHIR

ITIS

HEAD

Common Tern Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: All-purpose
  • Eye Color: Dark brown
  • Head pattern: Capped
  • Crown Color: Black
  • Forehead Color: Black
  • Nape Color: Black
  • Throat Color: White
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Common Tern Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 33-41 cm (13-16 in)
  • Weight: 146 g (5.15 oz)
  • Size: Medium (9 - 16 in)
  • Color Primary: White, Gray
  • Adult Colors: A light gray back, white underparts and rump, white tail and black cap and nape.
  • Juvenile Colors: Dark green, gray, green and white.
  • Underparts: Pale gray
  • Upperparts: Gray
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid
Common Tern Flight Illustration

FLIGHT

  • Flight Pattern: Light buoyant flight with rapid wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 76-79 cm (30-31 in)
  • Wing Shape: Pointed-Wings
  • Tail shape: Forked Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid
  • Upper Tail: White
  • Under Tail: Pale gray
  • Leg Color: Red
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Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X