IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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The Crested Tern is the second largest of the terns found in Australia and one of the most commonly seen species. It has a pale yellow bill, scruffy black crest, grey wings and back, and a white neck and underparts. Although it is often observed on its own, the Crested Tern also frequently forms mixed flocks with other species. Most common calls are a raspy 'kirrick' or 'krrow'. HABITAT: Form small to large flocks, often with other species, along coastal areas. They are seldom seen on inland waterways, preferring islands, beaches, lakes and inlets.


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Source: Birds of Papua New Guinea

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