Inca tern

Latin Name
Larosterna inca

Class
Birds

Order
Charadriiformes

Description

The Inca tern has a dark gray body and a red beak and legs. Moustache-like tufts of white feathers on each side of the beak signal maturity in males and females.


 

Range

Northern Peru to southern Chile


Status

Near threatened


Habitat

Ocean coasts and rocky islands


Niche

The Inca tern feeds primarily on small fish, such as anchovies. The species spots its prey from the air, diving into the water to grab meals with its pointed beak.


Life History

The Inca tern nests on rocky cliffs, laying its eggs in natural holes and burrows. Eggs hatch after four weeks of incubation, and chicks leave the nest after seven weeks.




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