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Peruvian Tern - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Thibaud Aronson
Chilca, Lima, Peru, 12 February 2023
Sternula lorata

Sterna lorata


  • White forehead, throat and chin
  • Black cap
  • Black stripe through eye to beak
  • Pale grey upperparts
  • Paler underparts
  • Yellow bill and legs
    • Bill tipped black


Very rare.

Central Ecuador to North Chile.


This is a monotypic species. Like all Sternula species, it was formerly placed in the genus Sterna


Sandy beaches and sand dunes.



Nests are scrapes in the sand, 1-2 eggs are laid and are incubated for 22-23 days. Many eggs do not hatch and usually only one chick is raised.


Includes small fish, particularly anchovies and krill. Like several other terns, this bird often feeds by hovering over water and then plunge-diving to snatch its prey.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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