Upper body pale grey, top of head, neck and underparts white. Black patch around the back of the neck from eye to eye. Dark grey-black shoulder and tip of wing. Bill black. When breeding: bill yellow with a black tip, top of head black, black stripe through eye. Young birds with upperparts mottled dark brown and light grey. Body up to 24 cm long.
These terns nest on the shore, usually in the same area as the previous year.
Sand or shell-covered shores.
Northern and south-eastern Australia.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern