Living Bird Magazine
Sandwich TernThalasseus sandvicensis
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Laridae
A bird of marine coasts of the southeastern United States and the Caribbean, the Sandwich Tern is readily identified by its shaggy crest and yellow-tipped black bill.More ID Info
- Charrán Patinegro (Spanish)
- Sterne caugek (French)
- Cool Facts
- The two subspecies of Sandwich Tern breeding in North America and Eurasia have black bills with yellow tips. A third subspecies known at the "Cayenne Tern" is found in the southern Caribbean and the Atlantic Coast of South America. It has an all yellow bill.
- The oldest recorded Sandwich tern was at least 24 years, 2 months old. It lived in North Carolina.