Inca Tern (Larosterna inca)

Order: Charadriiformes Family: Laridae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Peru

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Peru

Age: Immature | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coast of Peru

Identification & Behavior:
~41.5 cm (16.3 in). The Inca Tern is unmistakable. It is sooty with coral-red bill and feet, and white whiskers. The juvenile is gray-brown with dark bill and feet. It somewhat resembles the larger Gray Gull.

Status: The Inca Tern is a common resident along the Coast of Peru. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Gaviotín Zarcillo.

Sub-species: Inca Tern (Larosterna inca), Lesson and Garnot 1827.

Meaning of Name: Larosterna: Gr. Larus= a gull and sterna= a tern. inca: after the Inca civilization of Peru.

See more of the Family Laridae   peru aves

Distribution Map
inca ternVoice


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.