Upper body and wings pale grey, neck and underparts white, top of head mottled black and white. Wide black patch on the back of the neck, extending to sides of face. Bill yellow. When breeding: top of head black with a crest. Young birds with upperparts mottled brown and a green-yellow bill. Body up to 48 cm long.
Crested Terns usually breed for the first time when they are about two years old.
Coastal bays and inlets.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Least Concern