Thalasseus elegans (Gambel, 1849)
Family: Charadriiformes > Laridae
An orange-billed relative of Sandwich Tern, the Elegant Tern's core breeding range is Baja California, Mexico. The species normally winters on western South American coasts, which explains why this is an extremely rare visitor to Britain & Ireland.
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Status and Trends
Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.
Elegant Tern is a very rare summer vagrant.
Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.
Lifecycle and body size information about Elegant Tern, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.
Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.
|Field Codes||5-letter code: ELETE | Euring: 6120|
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