Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54043

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Laridae
Genus:Thalasseus
Genus species:Thalasseus maximus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:46 cm
Weight:350-450 g
Identification:The royal tern has a black face mask, a white forehead and crown, and a spiky crest at the rear of the head. The royal tern also has white ring around its eyes and a deeply forked tail.
Habitat:Coasts, sandy beaches, salt bays
Diet:Carnivore: fish, aquatic invertebrates
Reproduction:Royal terns nest on the ground in colonies. Both parents incubate their 1-2 eggs for 30-31 days. The chicks fledge at 28-35 days of age, remaining with the parents for eight months.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:California populations of the royal tern are declining due to decreasing populations of the Pacific sardine, a main food source.

Other Information

Geographic:Central North America
Western Africa
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:Royal tern
gull-like bird
Terns
Laridae
Charadriiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata