|Common name||little tern|
|Size||22 - 24 centimeters|
|Wing Span||48 - 55 centimeters|
|Male weight||50 - 65 grams|
|Female weight||50 - 65 grams|
|Geographic Range||it nests at all middle and low latitudes in North America, Eurasia, Australia, but also in tropical and sub tropical areas in Caraibi, South Africa, Southern India, Sri Lanka, Asia.|
|Physical Characteristics|| it is the smallest species among Sterna genus.
The head is white, with mask and top of the head black .
The beak is entirely yellow, only the tip is black. The claws are orange. The plumage is grey, only the tip of the wings is dark. Wings are narrow and tail is forked.
|Habitat||it lives in wide sandy beaches.|
|Food habits||it eats small fishes, insects, crustaceans.|
|Migration||terns that nest in Europe migrate toward the west Africa coasts during winter. Probably they spend the winter in the Guinea gulf, an area rich of small fishes.|
|Nidification||it nests in small colonies on sandy beaches. Both parents hatch the eggs (1-3) for 17-22 days.|
|References||JNCC - Nature conservation adviser to UK
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
|Source of the photo||http://www.mangoverde.com/|
|Source of the call||http://www.oiseaux.net|
|Source of the video||http://www.hbw.com/ibc|