Little Tern

Sterna albifrons

(S. a. albifrons)

Armenian Name: Փոքր ջրածիծառ
Species Status: Threatened Species - Species of Special Concern
Little Tern

See Plate 33 for Little Tern and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Common
Length:22-24 cm, Wing Span:48-55 cm
Distribution Map: Map 169.
Adult: Black cap and eye stripe with white forehead. Black-tipped yellow bill and yellow legs.
Juvenile: Crown blackish and speckled. Bill completely dark.
Similar Species: Differs from all other terns by very small size, yellowish bill and legs, and faster wing beats.
Behavior: Flight bouncy with rapid stiff wingbeats. Hovers when fishing, then suddenly drops to lower height and resumes hovering.
Habitat: Fish ponds, lakes.
Food: Fish, invertebrates.
Nest: Shallow ground scrape.
Eggs: 32 mm, 1-4, pale yellowish-brown, black spots.