Little Tern Sternula albifrons
(aka Sterna albifrons)
|Michaelmas Key, Queensland,
The Little Tern breeds in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Northern populations migrate southwards during the northern winter and Australian breeders are probably joined by migrants from eastern Asia.
|In non-breeding plumage the
bill is entirely black as opposed to yellow with a black tip and
the crown is white to grey as opposed to black. For photos of
Little Tern in breeding plumage see my European
The Little Tern is often seen hovering above the surface of the sea before diving down to catch its prey as in photo 2.
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