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  Crested Tern (Sterna bergii)





Crested Tern | Sterna bergii photo
Crested Tern, Thalasseus bergii (Syn. Sterna bergii), breeding plumage.

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Crested Tern | Sterna bergii photo
Crested Tern (Sterna bergii) on Garey Beach, Royal National Park, Sydney, Australia.

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Crested Tern | Sterna bergii photo
Crested Tern, Sterna bergii

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Crested Tern | Sterna bergii photo
Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii), in breeding plumage, displaying in Tasmania, Australia

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CRESTED TERN FACTS

Description
The Crested Tern has a pale yellow bill, black crest, grey wings and back, and a white neck and underparts.

Size
46cm

Habitat
islands, beaches, lakes and inlets

Food
small fish

Breeding
Nest is shallows crape in the ground. Lays 1 (rarely 2) whitish-brown eggs with darker blotches and speckles.

Range
all round Australian coast



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Laridae
Genus:Sterna
Species:bergii
Common Name:Crested Tern

Relatives in same Genus
  Little Tern (S. albifrons)
  Bridled Tern (S. anaethetus)
  Lesser Crested Tern (S. bengalensis)
  Caspian Tern (S. caspia)
  Roseate Tern (S. dougallii)
  Sooty Tern (S. fuscata)
  Common Tern (S. hirundo)
  Fairy Tern (S. nereis)
  Gull-billed Tern (S. nilotica)
  Arctic Tern (S. paradisaea)
  White-fronted Tern (S. striata)
  Black-naped Tern (S. sumatrana)
  Antarctic Tern (S. vittata)