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Inca Tern Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Larosterna inca
  • Class

  • Order

  • 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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