Sooty Tern

Onychoprion fuscatus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

SOTE

Code 6

ONYFUS

ITIS

HEAD

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

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BODY

Sooty Tern Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 36-41 cm (14-16 in)
  • Weight: 240 g (8.46 oz)
  • Size: Medium (9 - 16 in)
  • Color Primary: White, Black
  • Underparts: White
  • Upperparts: Brown-black
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

Sooty Tern Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Powerful direct flight with strong, steady, shallow wing beats., When feeding, graceful, buoyant flight, then hovers before downward swoop to pick food from surface., Does not plunge-dive.
  • Wingspan Range: 81-93 cm (32-36.5 in)
  • Wing Shape: Broad-Wings, Pointed-Wings
  • Tail shape: Forked Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid
  • Upper Tail: Brown-black
  • Under Tail: White
  • Leg Color: Black
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