Lesser Crester Tern

The Lesser Crested Tern is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. It breeds in subtropical coastal parts of the world mainly from the Red Sea across the Indian Ocean to the western Pacific, and Australia, with a significant population on the southern coast of the Mediterranean on two islands off the Libyan coast. Accidental breeding has also been reported in Italy and France. The Australian birds are probably sedentary, but other populations are migratory, wintering south to South Africa.

The Lesser Crester Tern is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Lesser crester tern is annual here, so we decided to give it a try. Thank God we did! A small group of audoin´s gulls was resting on the beach, and we read several ringed birds. We were about to leave when a vulture came off the sea. Everyone started yelling RUPPELL´S VULTURE!! as the bird flew past above our heads 50 metres away . The bird landed on the ground and then took off again. More

Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Laridae
Genus : Sterna
Species : bengalensis
Authority : Lesson, 1831