Species: Sterna antillarun
The Least Tern is found in the west coast and golf coast states. This bird is highly migratory.
It and about 40 species,closely related to gulls,skuas,and skimmers,make up the subfamily Sterninae
of the family Laridae.
The Least Tern is often more than 50 cm (20 in) long. It is white with a grayish back and a
black cap. They are a slender seabird with a pointed, straight bill; long pointed wings;
relatively short legs with webbed or partially webbed feet; and often a forked tail.
They dive into the water to capture prey. Fish is the main food item, but insects and various
aquatic organisms are also taken. Some may also eat crustations or small lizards. The birds
nest in colonies. Nests are built on the ground or sometimes in low bushes. The one to three
eggs and the young are usually cryptically colored.