|Little Tern Sternula albifrons
(aka Sterna albifrons)
|Michaelmas Key, Queensland, Australia
The Little Tern breeds in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Northern populations migrate southwards during the northern winter and Australian breeders are probably joined by migrants from eastern Asia.
|In non-breeding plumage the bill is entirely black as opposed to yellow with a black tip and the crown is white
to grey as opposed to black. For photos of Little Tern in breeding plumage see my European
The Little Tern is often seen hovering above the surface of the sea before diving down to catch its prey as in photo 2.
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