Slender tern with a long black bill with a pale tip.
Slender tern with a long black bill with a pale tip, although pale tip can be difficult to see. It is the only shaggy crested tern with a black bill.
Nonbreeding birds are very pale gray above with only a partial black crown. The bill is black with pale tip.
Highly social tern that congregates in good feeding areas. Note pale gray back and dark bill.
Shaggy crested tern with a pale-tipped black bill.
Juveniles have a mottled black-and-gray back and a dark rear crown patch. The bill is orangish, but quickly turns dark.
Nonbreeding adult (Cayenne)
South American birds have an all-yellow bill.
Adult DescriptionMedium-sized tern. Long, thin black bill with pale yellow tip. Body white. Back pale gray. Elongated feathers on back of head make a slight shaggy crest. Black cap when breeding. Pale forehead in winter. Legs black.
Immature DescriptionJuvenile similar to nonbreeding adult, but with dark markings on back, crown entirely dusky, and bill may lack yellow tip.
- Both Sexes
- Length: 13.4-17.7 in (34-45 cm)
- Weight: 6.3-10.6 oz (180-300 g)
- Wingspan: 33.1-35.4 in (84-90 cm)
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