Black-naped tern

The black-naped tern (Sterna sumatrana) is an oceanic tern mostly found in tropical and subtropical areas of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It is rarely found inland.

Black-naped tern
Black-naped Tern LEI.JPG
Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Sterna
S. sumatrana
Binomial name
Sterna sumatrana
Raffles, 1822


The tern is about 30 cm long with a wing length of 21–23 cm. Their beaks and legs are black, but the tips of their bills are yellow. They have long forked tails. The black-naped tern has a white face and breast with a grayish-white back and wings. The first couple of their primary feathers are gray.

There are two listed subspecies:

Lady Elliot Island, Qld, Australia
Sterna sumatrana - MHNT


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Sterna sumatrana". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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