Inca Tern

Larosterna inca

With its long white moustache, found on both males and females, and its cackling call, the Inca tern is quite a character. A graceful flier, this seabird hovers over the water until it hones in on a small fish, such as an anchovy, just below the surface of the water. It then swoops down to grab the fish in its bright red bill.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
lengthLength: 1.3 ft
weightWeight: 6.7 to 8.1 oz
habitatHabitat: Coastal rocky cliffs
dietDiet: Small fish and marine invertebrates
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)