Lesser Crested Tern

Thalasseus bengalensis (Lesson, 1831) TF LECTE 6090
Family: Charadriiformes > Laridae

Lesser Crested Tern, Yoav Perlman

A rare visitor from tropical seas, one (named "Elsie") spent 14 years in the Sandwich Tern colony on the Farne Islands, where she eventually mated with a Sandwich Tern and reared four young, one of which went on to breed on there.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
128 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
128 records


128 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
128 records



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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.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Lesser Crested Tern breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
More from the Atlas Mapstore.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Lesser Crested 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.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Môr-wennol Gribog Fach
Catalan: xatrac de Bengala
Czech: rybák oranžovozobý
Danish: Bengalsk Terne
Dutch: Bengaalse Stern
Estonian: liivatiir
Finnish: pikkutöyhtötiira
French: Sterne voyageuse
German: Rüppellseeschwalbe
Hungarian: bengáli csér
Icelandic: Bengalþerna
Irish: Miongheabhróg Chíorach
Italian: Sterna di Rüppell
Latvian: mazais cekulzirinš
Lithuanian: bengaline žuvedra
Norwegian: Bengalterne
Polish: rybitwa bengalska
Portuguese: garajau-pequeno
Slovak: rybár prostredný
Slovenian: bengalska cigra
Spanish: Charrán bengalí
Swedish: iltärna

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