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Little Tern
Sterna albifrons

Map of the common names

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.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

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.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
15,000 / 20,000 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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