White TernGygis alba rothschildi / Mau-o-ku
Facts About White Tern
- Feed primarily on juvenile or smaller fish (e.g., goat-fish, flying fish, dolphin fish, half-beaks and needle-fish). Feeds alone or in mixed species flocks. Dives down to surface for prey, but does not submerge. This bird carries prey crosswise in its bill.
- Life Span
- 16 to 18 years
- Length: 28-33 cm (11-13 in); wingspan: 70-87 cm (27.5-34 in)
Page Photo Credits Ian Jones/USFWS
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2013