Arctic Tern

Sterna paradisaea

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

ARTE

Code 6

STEPAD

ITIS

HEAD

Arctic Tern Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: All-purpose
  • Eye Color: Black-brown
  • Head pattern: Capped
  • Crown Color: Black
  • Forehead Color: Black
  • Nape Color: Black
  • Throat Color: White
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Arctic Tern Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 36-43 cm (14-17 in)
  • Weight: 127 g (4.47 oz)
  • Size: Medium (9 - 16 in)
  • Color Primary: White, Gray
  • Underparts: Pale gray
  • Upperparts: Gray
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

Arctic Tern Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Hovers, dips for prey., Buoyant graceful flight with nearly constant wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 74-84 cm (29-33 in)
  • Wing Shape: Long-Wings
  • Tail shape: Forked Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid with dark edging.
  • Upper Tail: White with narrow dark edge on outermost feathers.
  • Under Tail: White, with narrow dark edge on outermost feathers.
  • Leg Color: Red
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