The smallest of our terns (L 24 cm). It is always recognized by size, white forehead, buff-coloured legs and yellow blak-tipped bill. Nesting occurs in open areas, either on coastal sand or shingle beaches or inland. Feeds on small fish, insects and crustaceans. Migrant.
Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The decrease in numbers of the species is probably due to habitat loss (tourist development of beaches), human disturbance and predation by gulls and rats.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
15,000 / 20,000 pairs
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