Male Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern

Scientific name: Sterna paradisaea

Did you know that Arctic Terns are known for their epic migrations? These birds undertake one of the longest migrations of any animal on Earth, flying from the UK all the way to the shores of Antarctica and back again each year!

They are highly adapted to life in the cold
They have a thick layer of insulating feathers and a specialized circulatory system that helps them cope with extreme temperatures.

Arctic Terns are skilled hunters and fishers
They are known for their ability to plunge into the water to catch fish and other prey.

Arctic Terns are a true sight to behold
With their striking black and white plumage and distinctive red beak, these birds are a joy to observe as they glide through the air, swooping down to catch fish and other prey.

They are an important part of the UK’s coastal ecosystems
These birds play a vital role in maintaining the balance of marine life in our waters.

The Arctic Tern is an incredible bird that is a true marvel of the UK’s natural world! So next time you spot one, take a moment to appreciate the incredible beauty and adaptability of these amazing birds.

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Facts About The Arctic Tern

Diet: Fish is the main thing they eat, but they also eat crustaceans and insects.
Bird Family: Gulls and terns
Length: 32 - 35cm
Wingspan: 75 - 86cm
Weight: 95 - 125g
Scientific Name: Sterna paradisaea

The Arctic Tern Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September