Living Bird Magazine
Least TernSternula antillarum
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Laridae
The smallest of American terns, the Least Tern is found nesting on sandy beaches along the southern coasts of the United States and up the major river systems far into the interior of the continent.More ID Info
- Charrancito Americano (Spanish)
- Petite Sterne (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Least Tern prefers sandy beaches for nesting, but it will use a flat gravel roof of a building. On sunny days the hot tar showing through the gravel can burn the feet of chicks or become stuck in their down.
- The oldest recorded Least Tern was at least 24 years, 1 month old when it was found in New Jersey in 1981. It had been banded in 1957 in Massachusetts.