AudioDateDownLeftRightUpIconClosefacebookReportGallerySettingsGiftLanguageGridLanguage iconListMapMenunoAudionoPhotoPhotoPlayPlusSearchStartwitterUserVideo
Data for:
Monroe, Florida, United States
List:

Charadriiformes > Laridae

Sooty Tern

Onychoprion fuscatus

Sign in to see your badges

Identification

POWERED BY MERLIN

This tropical seabird is distinctive among terns with its jet-black back, black cap, and neat white forehead. Immature birds are entirely dark blackish with white spots on wings and a white undertail. Most similar to Bridled Tern, but darker black back, dark undersides of flight feathers, and narrower white edges on tail. Sooty Tern nests on sandy islands and is found in warm tropical waters. However, it usually stays far offshore, and is rarely seen near land except when blown off course by a hurricane.

POWERED BY MERLIN

Statistics

Sign in to see your stats

Weekly Bar Chart

Choose a region to view Weekly Bar Chart

Range Map

Large map

Media

Top video

View all

Learn more about Sooty Tern from…

Birds of North America

Comprehensive life histories of North American breeding birds

Neotropical Birds

Life histories of all species breeding in Mexico, Central America, and South America