Order Charadriiformes

Family Sternidae

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this family is no longer valid and the relevant species are now considered as part of the family Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae).
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  • Small to medium-sized slender, graceful seabirds, with long forked tail; most species grey above with black crown, white below.
  • Cosmopolitan.
  • Typically marine, coastal or pelagic; some species on inland waters.
  • 20-56 cm.
  • 0 genera, 0 species, 0 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Gochfeld, M., Burger, J. & Bonan, A. (2019). Terns (Sternidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52250 on 16 September 2019).