PORT PHILLIP BAY


Caspian Tern 

Sterna caspia

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Charadriiformes
Family:
Laridae
Genus:
Sterna
Species:
caspia

General Description

Upper body pale grey, top of head black with white streaks, neck and underparts white. Bill red. When breeding: top of head black with white. Young birds with upperparts mottled brown. Body up to 56 cm long.

Biology

This is the largest tern species in Australia.

Habitat

Coastal bays and inlets, also inland wetlands and swamps.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Australia.

Species Group

Birds Gulls and terns

Max Size

56 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Near Threatened
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Caspian Tern, Sterna caspia, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 23 Jul 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7931

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