Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)

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

Age: Adult, basic | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lima, Peru

Age: Adult, basic & alternate | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult, basic | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lima, Peru

Age: Juvenile | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Identification & Behavior: ~49 cm (19.2 in). The Royal Tern is distinguished from the similar Elegant Tern by a having a thicker straight orange bill. In basic plumage, it has a narrow black band in the nape area.   

Status: The Royal Tern is a common Boreal migrant along the coast of Peru. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Br.

Name in Spanish: Gaviotín Real.

Sub-species: Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus maximus), Boddaert 1783.

Meaning of Name: Thalasseus: Gr. Thalasseus, Thalassa= sea fisherman. maximus: L. maximus, higher.

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Distribution Map
royal 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.