Roseate Tern Identification

Adult Description

  • Medium-sized tern.
  • White with black cap.
  • Tail long and deeply forked.
  • Wings white.
  • Bill black.

Immature Description

Juvenile with dark head, and scaly pattern across back. Immature resembles winter adult, but has darker wingtips.
Relative Size

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  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 13.0-16.1 in (33-41 cm)
    • Weight: 3.2-4.9 oz (90-140 g)