Antarctic Tern (species: Sterna (Sterna) vittata) in Birds of Argentina (Gaia Guide)
Sterna (Sterna) vittata
Antarctic Tern

©Serge Ouachée: Antarctic Tern (Sterna (Sterna) vittata)

©Liam Quinn: Antarctic Tern (Sterna (Sterna) vittata)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Laridae
Genus Sterna
Species Sterna (Sterna) vittata
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Its bill is usually a dark red or blackish. It is mainly pale grey and white, but has a black cap when breeding. In non-breeding plumage it has a grizzled crown and white forehead. The tips of this tern's wings are greyish black.The plumage of juveniles is white on the belly, foreneck, forehead, and breast. The back is grey and the bill is black. Immature birds have plumage similar to adult terns. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 38 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.