Little Tern

Little Tern

Scientific name: Sternula albifrons

Did you know: The Little Tern, the UK’s most petite tern species, is known for its spectacular aerial courtship displays, a true spectacle of nature!

What Do Little Terns Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

The Little Tern is a charming, chatty seabird, easily recognised by its short tail and speedy flight. Notable for its striking yellow bill with a black tip, this bird becomes especially vocal in breeding colonies.

Differences Between Male And Female Little Terns

Male and female Little Terns are similar in appearance, but during courtship, the male performs a distinct aerial display, carrying a fish to entice a mate.

What Do Little Terns Eat?

These seabirds primarily feed on fish, skillfully caught through their impressive dive-bombing techniques.

Where Do Little Terns Live? (Including Migration Info)

Little Terns are summer visitors to the UK, preferring coastal areas for breeding. They migrate to Africa in winter, showcasing remarkable endurance for such small birds.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Little Terns)

The Little Tern is known for its loud and distinctive creaking noise, adding a special touch to the coastal soundscapes where they dwell.

Fun Little Tern Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Little Terns are the UK’s smallest tern species.
  • They perform breathtaking aerial courtship displays.
  • These birds migrate impressive distances to Africa for the winter.
  • Little Terns prefer gravelly beaches for nesting.
  • They hover above water before diving to catch fish.

Facts About The Little Tern

Diet: Fish.
Bird Family: Gulls and terns
Length: 22-24cm
Wingspan: 48-55cm
Weight: 49-63g
Scientific Name: Sternula albifrons

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

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

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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Juvenile