Sandwich tern

Sandwich tern

Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Thalasseus sandvicensis
WEIGHT
130-311 g
LENGTH
36-46 cm
WINGSPAN
86-105 cm

The Sandwich tern is a tern in the family Laridae. It is very closely related to the lesser crested tern, Chinese crested tern, Cabot's tern, and elegant tern and has been known to interbreed with the lesser crested. It breeds in the Palearctic from Europe to the Caspian Sea wintering to South Africa, India and Sri Lanka. The Sandwich tern is a medium-large tern with grey upperparts, white underparts, a yellow-tipped black bill and a shaggy black crest which becomes less extensive in winter with a white crown. Young birds bear grey and brown scalloped plumage on their backs and wings. It is a vocal bird. It nests in a ground scrape and lays one to three eggs. Like all Thalasseus terns, the Sandwich tern feeds by plunge diving for fish, usually in marine environments, and the offering of fish by the male to the female is part of the courtship display.

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Di

Diurnal

Ca

Carnivore

Mo

Molluscivore

Pi

Piscivores

Te

Terrestrial

Te

Territorial

Co

Congregatory

Ov

Oviparous

Pr

Precocial

So

Soaring birds

Se

Seabird

Mo

Monogamy

Co

Colonial

So

Social

Mi

Migrating

S

starts with

Distribution

Geography

WWF Biomes

Sandwich tern habitat map

Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Mating Habits

MATING BEHAVIOR
INDEPENDENT AGE
1 years

References

1. Sandwich tern Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandwich_tern
2. Sandwich tern on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22694591/154517364
3. Xeno-canto bird call - https://xeno-canto.org/695559

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