A medium-sized, slender tern with a long, thin, slightly drooping bill. The wings are long, slender and pointed. The tail is medium length and forked. In breeding season Elegant Terns have a shaggy crest.
Larger than a Common Tern, smaller than a Royal Tern.crow-sized
- Both Sexes
- Length: 15.3-16.5 in (39-42 cm)
- Weight: 6.7-11.5 oz (190-325 g)