Sooty TernOnychoprion fuscatus / ‘Ewa‘Ewa
Facts About Sooty Tern
- Skim the water and take food on the wing, rarely touching down on the ocean. Poor oil glands, can become waterlogged if they alight on water for long duration. Feed offshore with predatory fish that drive smaller fish to the surface. Flying fish (primarily) and other fish constitute diet. Seem to feed extensively at night.
- Life Span
- 32 years
- Length: 41-45 cm (16-18 in); wingspan: 86-94 cm (34-37 in)
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Last Updated: Aug 23, 2013