Inca Tern

Larosterna inca

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About the Inca Tern


Geographic Range:


Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Larosterna
Species: inca

The inca tern is a blue-gray bird with unique white feathery tufts extending from its face, a red beak and a yellow wattle. The inca tern is an agile flier that will swoop and hover before diving after its prey. Though it doesn’t sound appetizing, these terns have been known to pluck pieces of fish from between the teeth of sea lions. Inca terns are gregarious and often roost in large colonies, which helps protect them from predators.