Sooty Tern

Sterna fuscata (Linnaeus, 1766)

Summary

Pelagic species with an extremely large population (actual number in the order of twenty million individuals) and with an extremely large distribution area.
Migratory or dispersive species and gregarious, nesting in tropical and subtropical shores of the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific, especially on coral islands and on sandy or shell beaches with low vegetation and wintering at sea in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans.
The evolution trend of the global population is unknown.

Global conservation status

Least concern (IUCN ver. 3.1, 2010)
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Common names

  • Sooty Tern

Subspecies

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Behavior

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Flight

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Habitat

It nests in tropical and subtropical shores of the Atlantic (islands of Gulf of Guinea, Caribbean and in the coasts of South America), Indian (Persian Gulf, Mauritius and Seychelles) and Pacific oceans (Philippines, Melanesia, Polynesia and Galapagos). It shows a preference for nesting on coral islands and on sandy or shell beaches with low vegetation, but also on rocky areas. Winters on the high seas in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans.

Feed

It feeds mostly on fish and squid, but also crustaceans and offal.

Breeding

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Predators

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Threats

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