Sandwich Tern

Name: Sandwich Tern

Scientific name: Sterna sandvicensis

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 60

What are nature stars?

About: A large tern, about 40cm long. Whiteish-grey above and white below, with a large black cap and a shaggy black crest. Short black legs and a black bill with a yellow tip. Sandwich Terns feed on fish which they catch by diving into the water, fishing out at

How to identify: Identified by the combination of large size with shortish tail, black bill with a yellow tip and shaggy black cap.

Where: A summer visitor, nesting on sandy beaches and islands in coastal lagoons scattered all round our coasts.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 70
  • Agility: 70
  • Rarity: 70
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 80

Fantastic fact: Named after Sandwich Bay in Kent, one of three birds to be named after Kent: the others are Kentish Plover and Dartford Warbler.

Photograph credit: Isidro Vila Verde

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