Elegant Tern

elegant tern flying in the air
Elegant tern. Image by TheOtherKev from Pixabay
AppearanceThe elegant tern is a large waterbird about 15 – 17″ long. They’re pale gray with medium gray wings, a ragged black crest, a long, thin, pointed orange bill, and black legs.
Feeder FoodDoes not visit feeders.
HabitatBeaches and sandy islands along the west coast from Oregon south to South America.
NestingThe elegant tern nests on the ground along the beach. Both parents build the nest using shells, pebbles, sand, and other objects found.
Broods: 1/year
Clutch: 1-2 eggs/brood
Egg color: White to pale pink and spotted.
Incubation: 26 days on average

Range Map

Elegant tern range map.
Elegant tern range map. Compliments of The Cornell Lab.