Elegant Tern - Thalasseus elegans

Length 1.2-1.3 ft (36.8-40.6 cm)
Wingspan 2.5-2.7 ft (76.0-81.0 cm)
Weight 6.6-10.6 oz (186-300 g)
Clutch Size 1
Chicks at birth Semi-precocial
IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened
Continents:NA, SA

The Elegant Tern breeds on the Pacific coasts of the Southern U.S. and Mexico and winters south to Peru. We can see them in the Bay Area. The best place I have seen them is Middle Harbor, Oakland in late summer.

I love the way Elegant Terns look in non-breeding plumage. They look like little balding men.

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