Royal Tern

Thalasseus maximus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

ROYT

Code 6

THAMAX

ITIS

HEAD

Royal Tern Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: All-purpose
  • Eye Color: Dark brown to black.
  • Head pattern: Capped, Crested or plumed
  • Crown Color: Black
  • Forehead Color: Black
  • Nape Color: White
  • Throat Color: White
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Royal Tern Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 46-53 cm (18-21 in)
  • Weight: 453 g (16 oz)
  • Size: Large (16 - 32 in)
  • Color Primary: White, Gray
  • Underparts: White
  • Upperparts: Pale Gray
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

Royal Tern Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Direct flight with deep steady wing beats.
  • Wingspan Range: 107-112 cm (42-44 in)
  • Wing Shape: Pointed-Wings
  • Tail shape: Forked Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid
  • Upper Tail: White
  • Under Tail: White
  • Leg Color: Black
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