Little Tern

(Sternula albifrons)
Gerard Satherley

Best Times/ Seasons

Summer months.


The Little Tern is mainly a coastal species, being found on beaches, inlets, estuaries, lakes, sewage farms, lagoons, river mouths and deltas.


The Little Tern eats small fish, insects, crustaceans and other invertebrates.

Other Information

The Little Tern is extremely sensitive to human disturbance when breeding and is rapidly declining in numbers. Activities including using the beach, walking dogs, driving over the sand and picnics cause destruction to their breeding areas. It is important that while doing these activities to stick to regular tracks and be mindful of the habitat.


Last updated : Fri 5 Jul 2019