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.
This is the largest tern species in Australia.
Coastal bays and inlets, also inland wetlands and swamps.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Near Threatened
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern